Sunday 11 December 2016

Nato a necessary deterrent to Russia's expansionist appetite

Published 09/08/2016 | 02:30

A Nato military parade in Narva, on the Estonia-Russia border
A Nato military parade in Narva, on the Estonia-Russia border

It is always good to hear the other side of an argument and Professor Ray Kinsella (Letters, August 1) is right to remind us of Russia's fear of encirclement by Nato.

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Sadly, however, he does not explain how this might be achieved. There is only a 500km border between Nato members (Estonia and Latvia) and Russia proper (I omit the enclave of Kaliningrad from the reckoning), while Russia's entire land border and coastline measure almost 60,000km.

Some behemoth to surround via that narrow entrance. All the rest of Russia's European borders are with sovereign non-Nato states - Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia.

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