Russia expects NATO to revise Baltic plans - envoy
Rahvusvahelised uudised 07 Dec 2010  EWR
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Russia's envoy to NATO said on Tuesday the alliance should reconsider its plans on the defense of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

NATO drew up plans in January to defend the Baltic states against any possible attack by Russia, the latest batch of U.S. embassy cables released by Wikileaks show.

"I think our partners have the chance to reconsider the previous decisions, which were publicized in such a specific form, and can not but cause a serious public reaction in my country," envoy Dmitry Rogozin said.

Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said Russia does not pose any threat for his country - or Lithuania and Estonia.

"Such statements are dangerous for both national and public interests. Russia poses no threat to the Baltic States," Pabriks said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentions the plan in another cable released on Monday and stresses that it must be kept secret.

In May 2010, following the U.S. - Polish Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the United States opened a temporary military base near the northern Polish town of Morag, 80 km (50 miles) from the Russian border. The base, which will become permanent from 2012, will deploy U.S. Patriot missiles and Standard Missile interceptor SM-3s.

Moscow was angered by the base's proximity to the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.

Britain received an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Monday. The whistleblower, who is wanted in Sweden on rape allegations, agreed on Tuesday to meet with British police to discuss the warrant.

Assange's lawyers fear that from Sweden, Asssange could be extradited to the United States, where he could face death penalty for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917.

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