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Incoming NATO Military Committee Chairman: Russia could occupy the Baltics in 2 days if it wanted to

29.05.2015  |  21:50
Incoming NATO Military Committee Chairman: Russia could occupy the Baltics in 2 days if it wanted to

The future chairman of the NATO Military Committee has issued some dire warnings about Russia’s ability to occupy the Baltic States.

JEREMY BENDER
Business Insider
May 29, 2015

The future chairman of the NATO Military Committee has issued some dire warnings about Russia’s ability to occupy the Baltic States.

Czech General Petr Pavel, who is scheduled to become chairman in June, warned on May 27th that Moscow would be able to conquer the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania within two days even despite the former Soviet republics’ NATO membership, according to the Czech news site CTK.

Incoming NATO Military Committee Chairman: Russia could occupy the Baltics in 2 days if it wanted to. 506.jpegThis is largely due to the complexity of the NATO decision-making process, along with the small geographic area of the Baltics. Russia could take advantage of NATO’s relatively slow-moving command structure to blitz across the three countries in a matter of hours.

“On the one hand, one of [NATO´s] disadvantages is its complex process of decision making. It is because NATO has 28 members who have to reach consensus on all conclusions,” Pavel told CTK.

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