European Nations Reinstate Landmines Fearing Russian Invasion


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(Washington Post) Some NATO member countries, including the Baltic states and Finland, are considering ancient warfare tactics such as landmines to bolster their defenses against potential Russian aggression. Concerns have risen amid Donald Trump's encouragement of Russian actions and wavering U.S. support for Ukraine. Countries like Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are studying Russia's defensive lines in Ukraine, emphasizing minefields and fortifications.

While still seeking modern weaponry, there's a renewed interest in century-old tactics, reflecting a shift in defense strategies. Some Baltic policymakers contemplate pulling out of the international landmine ban, but concerns about civilian safety and international repercussions persist. The focus remains on holding ground until NATO support is assured, given uncertainties stemming from Trump's rhetoric.

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Published: Monday, February 26, 2024

Last Updated: Monday, February 26, 2024

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