German Navy deputy chief warns Baltic could become ‘closed sea’

Security challenges in the Baltic region are raising the risk of the Baltic Sea becoming closed off to NATO and the alliance must increase regional co-operation to prevent this from happening, the German Navy’s deputy chief has warned.

Speaking at the Maritime/Air Systems and Technologies (MAST) conference in Copenhagen on 4 September, Vice Admiral Rainer Brinkmann said that in the Baltic region “there is one main challenge and this challenge is Russia”. Western partners “must take appropriate measures to cope with the [challenge]”, he added. “We have to prevent the Baltic Sea from being a ‘mare clausum'” (or ‘closed sea’).

Source: Janes


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