Baltic state asks for permanent US troop deployment — Analysis
The Latvian president has said an American presence at Russia’s doorstep will send a ‘strong signal’ to Moscow
Latvian President Egils Levyts has called to a “permanent presence” of US troops in the Baltics amid Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. The move was supposed to deter Moscow. “aggression beyond Ukraine.”Russia repeatedly claimed it doesn’t intend to attack other countries and insisted that the actions taken against Ukraine were meant to protect Donbass’s Russian-speaking population.
During an interview with CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday, Levits said a permanent US military presence in the region was “absolutely”He said he was Russian. It is necessary to fight this. “aggression.”
“NATO should strengthen the NATO eastern flank, the Baltics, Poland, Romania, so that this would be a strong signal to Moscow that NATO is ready to defend the member states,”He suggested that adding, “I welcome also the American troops in Poland, in Baltics.”
This area needs a constant presence of American soldiers
Russia is accused of harboring Levits, according to Levits “ideas of aggression beyond Ukraine” – something Moscow has denied – and argued that keeping NATO troops permanently in the Baltics would be a “response”to the Russian threat.
During the interview, Levits also claimed Russia’s conflict with Ukraine was “not only aggression against a state,”also an act “aggression against the West”And “against the Western values.”
NATO and the United States have never had a permanent presence in the Baltics.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said last week that the country would have to increase its defense budget in response to Russia’s Ukraine conflict.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk Agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to not join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.