High-tech military equipment is also being transferred to Ukraine, such as the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, previously deployed near St. Petersburg, we read in “Foreign Policy”.
As noted by the authors of the study, Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch, the weakening of Russia’s military potential in the region does not affect the navy and the air force. The Northern Fleet remains a serious force – the largest Russian maritime component, the base of which is located in Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula.
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“The reduction of Russia’s military presence, which we have observed in the last seven months, is, however, very large. Moscow has for decades maintained (here) land formations directed against us, and now (these units) have disappeared for good” – noted one of the representatives of the defense ministries Nordic countries speaking for the American magazine on condition of anonymity.
Nevertheless, representatives of the authorities of the Baltic states warn against disregarding the Kremlin.
“Russia is extremely dangerous. The threat (from the East) in the long term will depend on the outcome of the war in Ukraine. If the Kremlin achieves at least some of its goals (as part of the invasion), we anticipate extremely difficult times for all of us in Europe” – warned the Secretary General of the Estonian Foreign Ministry Jonatan Vseviov.
“The Russian threat in the Baltic region has decreased compared to a year ago, because (this country’s) forces have been severely depleted. However, when you are a small Baltic country, you can never lose your vigilance just because the Kremlin is not doing the best.” Jim Townsend, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security think tank and former US Defense Ministry official.
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