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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