EAST­ERN EUROPE

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

LATVIA, ES­TO­NIA AND LITHUA­NIA: All live in con­stant fear of their neigh­bour. Bri­tain has hun­dreds of troops de­ployed in Es­to­nia as part of a Nato mis­sion to safe­guard the Baltic states.

In Au­gust Nato jets in­ter­cepted three Rus­sian jets in Es­to­nian airspace. In Lithua­nia, Rus­sian gen­er­ated pro­pa­ganda ques­tions the le­git­i­macy of the coun­try, prompt­ing fears of an in­va­sion.

Rus­sia is ac­cused of dis­rupt­ing Latvia’s mo­bile phone net­work for sev­eral hours in Au­gust in what is be­lieved to be a test run for a wider cy­ber at­tack. UKRAINE: In Fe­bru­ary 2014, armed men seized build­ings in the Crimean cap­i­tal, Sim­fer­opol. Putin later ad­mit­ted to de­ploy­ing Rus­sia troops and for­mally an­nexed Crimea in March.

This sparked un­rest in the Don­bas (East­ern Ukraine), where con­flict be­tween rebels, who have Rus­sian equip­ment such as the Buk mis­sile sys­tem used to shoot down Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH17 in July 2014, is on­go­ing. BE­LARUS: Rus­sia wants a per­ma­nent mil­i­tary base here. Fears are Be­larus could be a flash­point in a fu­ture east-west con­flict. POLAND: Rus­sia ac­cused of supporting anti-Western far-Right groups and fu­elling Pol­ish en­mity to­wards Ukraine.

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