Perhaps it was because Czech General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, is retiring this summer. But the general was surprisingly frank and maybe a little off script when he met with journalists in Washington recently.
A standard line used to describe NATO’s mission to the Baltic States is that the troops are in those countries to deter Russian aggression. Such a line is mentioned in almost all of the news media reports on Operation Reassurance, Canada’s mission to the region.
Except Pavel says NATO hasn’t seen any “Russian aggression” involving the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. As …read more
Source: Ottawa Citizen