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Monday, 10 March 2014 02:03

CNN: The Baltics and Russia's next move

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CNN anchor Candy Crowley (R) talkes to Baltic ambassadors to the U.S. Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Andris Razåns (Latvia), and Žygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuania) CNN anchor Candy Crowley (R) talkes to Baltic ambassadors to the U.S. Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Andris Razåns (Latvia), and Žygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuania)

Three ambassadors of the Baltic states to the U.S. joined March 9 CNN anchor Candy Crowley on STATE OF THE UNION to discuss their concerns when it comes to Russia and Ukraine.

In its pre-show announcement CNN noted that amidst the crisis in Ukraine, the three Baltic countries are feeling anxious about possible Russian expansionism. Yet they alike have been speaking out against Russia’s entry into Ukraine, and hope to never succumb to Russian rule once again.

"All three nations joined NATO in 2004, and are part of the European Union. They are currently relying on NATO military support to heighten their defense security. The U.S deployed six warplanes in Lithuania this week, to expand security efforts in the nation. Lithuania, in particular, worries about Russian intervention, as it was the first republic to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. But now all three countries are planning on increasing defense spending, as they continue to fear that they may be next after Crimea."

Watch Baltic ambassadors' appearance on CNN here:

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