Troubling Russia: Nordic, Baltic states on edge as Russia tests its limits - Boston Herald

11:49 Oct. 3, 2016

Nordic, Baltic states on edge as Russia tests its limits - Boston Herald

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches military exercises at Donguz range in Orenburg region, Russia. Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

Give Putin an inch, he'll take miles

With its ongoing military intervention in Syria and new allegations of its involvement in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine two years ago, Russia looks troubling enough from a distance.

It's even more menacing up close.

In the Baltic, Russian fighters have buzzed American warships operating in international waters and harassed U.S. patrol planes and Polish helicopters flying in international airspace. There have been 
no-notice, "snap" ground force exercises, too.

Read more 455 Canadian troops are to go to Latvia NATO premises

But it's not just NATO members who are in the Kremlin's cross hairs of late.

Russia's stealthy submarines have also been swimming in the waters of Nordic, non-NATO countries Sweden and Finland; Russian bombers made dry runs at Sweden's strategic Gotland island in the Baltic Sea.

Read more Russian submarines, warships, military aircraft again spotted near Latvia

Of course, Russia also seized and annexed Crimea in 2014. Moscow still supports the rebel insurgency in eastern Ukraine with soldiers and materiel, keeping Kiev — and the region —on edge.

But what's behind all this chest-thumping?

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