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Defense Minister Sees Possible Shift In Balance Of Power In Baltic Region

June 23 2011


The Latvian government has indicated it will ask NATO for support if Russia deploys French-built Mistral warships in the Baltic Sea, RIA Novosti reports.

Russia and France recently signed a $1.7 billion (1.2 billion euro) contract for two French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.

If deployed in the Baltic Sea, those ships would change the balance of power in the region, said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks, who indicated he would then ask France and NATO to...

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