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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas called on the people of the country to prepare for possible problems with electricity supply in the event that Russia disconnects Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from its energy system.
Major NATO War Games Set to Begin Miles From Russian Base
NATO will soon conduct large-scale exercises in the Baltics, with thousands of troops from more than a dozen nations set to take part in war games just 40 miles from the nearest Russian military base.
Dubbed “Hedgehog,” the drills will kick off later this week in Estonia and run until June 3, meant to simulate a Russian invasion. They will involve 15,000 troops from 14 countries—including the United States, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as non-NATO members Ukraine, Georgia, Sweden and Finland.
According to Major General Veiko-Vello Palm, deputy commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, the exercise will take place just 40 miles from a Russian military base, a facility hosting Moscow’s 76th Guards Air Assault Division in the border city of Pskov.
The size of the war games—among the largest in the Baltics since the fall of the USSR
Western countries expelling 🇷🇺Russian diplomats:
🇮🇹Italy: 30 diplomats
🇫🇷France: 35 diplomats
🇩🇪Germany: 40 diplomats
🇱🇻Latvia: 13 diplomats
🇩🇰Denmark: 15 diplomats
🇸🇪Sweden: 3 diplomats
🇪🇪Estonia: 3 diplomats
EU approves creation of European military force
The EU has approved a common defense strategy that involves the creation of a 5,000-strong deployment force - the so-called “Strategic Compass (https://t.me/rtnews/22573)... plan - for the first time in the bloc’s history.
Latvian FM Edgars Rinkēvičs said the initiative provides a “necessary toolbox for the EU to become a real geopolitical defense and security player together with NATO,” and is only the “beginning of the journey”.
Additional Breaking: Ukraine spokesperson says the latest shipments of military aid came from Lithuania, US and UK, and they're waiting on planes from Poland, Canada, Latvia, Estonia and Czech in the next few days.
❗️List of countries urging their citizens to leave 🇺🇦 Ukraine.
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
And the list of such countries continues to grow.
ME: OLD BUT BEARS REPEATING
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - After World War II, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used to recruit Latvians who fought on the side of Nazi Germany, including as part of the Latvian Legion Waffen-SS, and use them in subversive activities against the Soviet Union.
On Thursday, Russia's History Foundation presented a report revealing the names of 23 Latvian CIA agents.