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The threat of militarization of the security environment at EU's eastern borders, (with special emphasis on the Kaliningrad region - geographical scope of the military exercises of Russian forces in cooperation with Belorussian army in Kaliningrad enclave, Belorussia and north western Russia - Zapad 2009 and Ladoga 2009) : study

Summary
This paper addresses the current security concerns besetting the European Union with regard to Russia, in particular the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and the Russian-Belarus military exercises Zapad and Ladoga in 2009, and draws some of the implications of these “threats” for the EU's partnership relations with Russia. It also compares the present strength of the Russian military forces with Russia’s great power rhetoric and comes to the conclusion that the threat perceptions, which exist on both sides, are irrational. The paper concludes with the suggestion to the EU countries to hold joint exercises with Russia on missile defence to defuse tensions and to build trust. Information for the article is drawn from Russian, EU and US sources
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
"This study was requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Subcommittee on Security and Defence" -- T.p. verso
Physical Description
14 p

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