“This is very much a win for Russian security,” Tony Lawrence of the ICDS told the Washington Examiner, discussing reports that President Donald Trump had called for a withdrawal of 9,500 U.S. troops from bases in Germany by September. “Russia would like to see the Baltic Sea as its own, without NATO forces operating here,” he said.
Lawrence also commented on BALTOPS 2020, an exercise in one of NATO’s most challenging maritime environments to defend. “The important thing is the deterrence message that it sends,” he said of the 10-day exercise. “All three Baltic states are participating in BALTOPS, and the navies certainly take it seriously.”
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