National Interests: Priorities and Security
 

The military security of the Baltic Region and the NATO military infrastructure approximating the border of the Russian Federation

Vol. 14, Iss. 6, JUNE 2018

Received: 27 February 2018

Received in revised form: 16 March 2018

Accepted: 31 March 2018

Available online: 15 June 2018

Subject Heading: THREATS AND SECURITY

JEL Classification: Z18

Pages: 1151–1165

https://doi.org/10.24891/ni.14.6.1151

Kovalev A.A. Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
senator23@yandex.ru

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7760-5732

Balashov A.I. Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
aleksey.i.balashov@gmail.com

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2218-9145

Importance The research focuses on the military security issues of the Baltic region as the NATO infrastructure approximates the Russian borders.
Objectives We evaluate the role of the Baltic States in the European security system, analyze the military and strategic situation in the Baltic region after the collapse of the USSR up to the present time. The article also investigates the NATO activities in the Baltic region from perspectives of threats to the military security of Russia and reviews Russia's capabilities to ensure and protect its interests in the Baltic region.
Methods The research deploys the historic-logic and historic-comparative methods, specific political case methodology (situation analysis, event analysis, expert assessment method).
Results Considering the Baltic region, we examine the military and strategic situation, NATO activities in terms of threats to the military security of Russia, and study Russia's capabilities to ensure and protect its interests.
Conclusions and Relevance We examined and evaluated the role of the Baltic States in the European security system, military and strategic situation in the Baltic region, NATO activities there as a threat to the military security of Russia. We also consider Russia’s capabilities to ensure and protect its national interests in the Baltic region. Intensifying activities of NATO cannot but be regarded as a direct menace to the military security of Russia. The findings may be perused for general and special-purpose courses of political science and economics and prove useful to public and municipal administration authorities.

Keywords: military security, comprehensive security, military infrastructure, clash of civilizations, geopolitics

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