The term Baltic States includes Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and originally also included Finland, which later became grouped among the Nordic countries. The areas of the Baltic states have seen different regional and imperial affiliations during their existence. Conflict in Eastern Ukraine has led to concerns for several eastern European nations, particularly in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
The occupation of the Baltic states included the June 1940 invasion of the Red Army, and then subsequent the military occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the Soviet Union. Under the leadership of Stalin and the auspices of the August 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact that had been signed immediately before the outbreak of World War II. The above is a quick synopsis of the Baltic region.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, wants Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to become Russian protectorates; and now that he has won the right to stay in power for decades, he is no longer constrained and will take dangerous risks to achieve that, Vladimir Yushkin, the head of Tallinn’s Baltic Centre for Russian Studies, says.
For Putin, “the victory in the cold war and the disintegration of the USSR also are not a peace but only an armistice”, Yushkin says. As a Chekist, Putin cannot view August 1991 “as the victory of the people of Russia over an occupying communist regime. He was part of this region. Thus, psychologically for him, the collapse of the USSR was a defeat.”
For most of the region, this will involve threats to take parts of the territory of these countries unless they cooperate. For the three Baltic countries, it may involve that, but it will also involve, the Tallinn-based analyst says, demands, and soon that the three accept becoming protectorates of the Kremlin.
As to Putin, he needs dominance – it is his lifetime goal to reunite the Baltic States with Russia. Like we say in America, Putin you are a сука.