Introduction – May 7, 2017
The Western press is essentially warmongering as it warns of Russian warships in “NATO waters”. That’s because this ignores the fact that the waters in question flow into the Baltic Sea, the very waters on which Russia’s main coastal city St Petersburg opens up to.
In other words the Western media now considers sea routes to Russia’s main port “NATO’s”.
The twisted double-standard should be obvious to everyone with a reasonable grasp of geography but the Mirror is relying on the assumption that its readers are ignorant and ill informed.
So imagine if you will if the circumstances were reversed and Russian warships were deploying en masse in the eastern North Pacific. For those whose geography is shaky, those are the seas that are the main route to the port of San Francisco. How would Americans feel if Russia and its allies were claiming those waters as their own?
Well this is what Russia is now confronted with.
Is it any wonder that Russia has modernised and upgraded its military when confronted by such challenges on its very doorstep?
Vladimir Putin sends three Russian warships into Nato waters after US vessel arrives in Baltic Sea
The Mirror – May 8, 2017
Three heavily armed Russian warships have again tested Nato by sailing close to the tiny Baltic state of Latvia.
Military officials in the Latvian capital Riga said the corvettes – Liven 551, Serpukhov 603 and Morshansk 824 – were detected just four nautical miles from the state’s territorial waters.
It was the latest in a series of moves by Vladimir Putin ‘s naval forces seen as testing the response of the small Baltic state, a Nato and EU member.
The move on Sunday was linked today to the arrival in the Baltic Sea of US warship, USS Carney, with cruise missiles on board.
The three Russian vessels had been deployed to St Petersburg ahead of the country’s annual war commemoration on 9 May, known as Victory Day.
But they suddenly left again for deployment in the Baltic, according to news agency Fontanko.ru A source confirmed to RIA Novosti news agency that the navy parade in St.Petersburg will take place as planned but fewer ships will participate in it.
But the source denied that the sudden departure of some vessels had something to do with the arrival of USS Carney.
The country’s major commemoration will be held on Red Square in Moscow presided over by Putin.
In late April, a Kilo-class Russian submarine was detected near Latvian territorial waters.
Earlier in the month warships also ventured close to the ex-Soviet state’s territorial waters.
In 2016 Russian military aircraft and naval vessels were spotted near Latvia’s border some 209 times.