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Baltic armies continue to modernise with a wary eye on Russia

7th September 2020 - 12:30 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

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The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may accelerate their rearmament programmes by developing their own weapon systems as well as procuring them from abroad, according to recent statements from Latvian MoD officials and leading regional military experts.

This policy assumes greater importance in view of the ongoing political unrest in Belarus, which borders Latvia and Lithuania. Strong popular protests in Belarus aim to overturn a disputed election result and force President Alexander Lukashenko from office. However, Lukashenko has appealed to Russia for military support – causing alarm bells to ring in the Baltic republics.

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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