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As the Russia-Ukraine war drags on with seemingly no end in sight, neighboring countries are quietly constructing defensive measures of their own.
Three Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia — have come to an agreement to build up defenses on their borders of Belarus and Russia, in the event Russia defeats Ukraine and turns its forces on them, VOA News reported.
The Estonian defense ministry released a statement, saying, “The ministers signed an agreement in Riga, according to which Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will construct anti-mobility defensive installations in the coming years to deter and, if necessary, defend against military threats.”
According to a report in Politico, among these three Baltic states, Estonia will be the one to “build 600 bunkers along its 294-kilometer border with Russia, with an initial budget of €60 million, according to Estonian public broadcaster ERR. Each bunker is designed to accommodate 10 soldiers,” with construction expected to begin in 2025.
Latvia and Lithuania have yet to publicize their defense plans for their borders, but “Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas underlined the ongoing collaboration with the U.S. in developing HIMARS rocket capabilities,” and “Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprūds highlighted the completion of Latvia’s military anti-mobility plan, set to be presented to the government at the end of January, involving various short- and long-term border strengthening measures.”
Considering this war has dragged on for almost two years, with nary a conclusion in sight, why is it only now that these former Soviet Union territories are seriously gearing up for a potential attack, or even invasion, from Russia?
Well, according to reports, this impetus comes from a few different sources.
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