EXCLUSIVE: VLADIMIR PUTIN has stoked tensions on Nato’s doorstep as Russia silently rolls tanks across his Baltic enclave located in the heart of Europe.
The Russian President has been accused of manufacturing ‘casus belli’ – the justification of war – as he heavily militarises Kaliningrad as part of a “hybrid-war” to destabilise and intimidate Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
Russia’s Baltic territory Kaliningrad, wedged between the three baltic countries and Poland, has recently had scores of missiles deployed to the area.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Tony Brenton, Britain’s ex-Russian ambassador said recent Russian activity was “uncomfortable” for the Baltic states.
He said: “The presence of a bit of Russia in the midst of Nato territory is uncomfortable for the Poles, the Balts and Nato.
“The Russians have in some ways used it as a forward base, with troops situated there. In response to US ‘missile defence’ plans they have threatened to site nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad.
“And in the course of the current Syria crisis they went to some trouble to let US satellites see, nuclear capable Iskander missiles on the pad in Kaliningrad.”
Full article: How Russia’s little-known enclave on Europe’s doorstep could wage WAR on West (Express)