Viewing cable 09STATE96011
Title: GUIDANCE FOR SEPTEMBER 16 NAC ON EXERCISE BALTIC

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09STATE960112009-09-15 22:44:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
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C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 096011 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/14/2019 
TAGS: NATO PREL AA MOPS RS EN LG LH BO
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE FOR SEPTEMBER 16 NAC ON EXERCISE BALTIC 
HOST 
 
REF: A. STATE 92638 
     ¶B. USNATO 386 
     ¶C. USNATO 379 
 
Classified By: Acting EUR PDAS Stu Jones for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C)  We understand that Estonia plans to raise at the 
September 16 NAC the question of NATO participation in 
Exercise Baltic Host 2010.  If this issue is raised, in 
response USNATO is authorized to suggest that Allies begin 
consideration of Alliance participation in Baltic Host 2010 
in the context of a broader discussion on the role of, and 
the Alliance,s plans for, NATO exercises.  The Department 
believes exercises such as Baltic Host 2010 can serve as a 
small but important component of a comprehensive NATO program 
of activities.  However, Allies will need to develop that 
program together to address the range of challenges NATO 
faces and balance the concerns of individual Allies. Further, 
we request that USNATO take the opportunity to request 
further information from Estonia on the exercise, to allow 
the U.S. and Allies to make an informed decision on NATO 
participation. 
 
¶2. (C)  Russian military activity will naturally inform such 
a broader discussion.  However, Washington agrees with the 
Mission that we should avoid any impression that the U.S. 
seeks to discuss at NATO how to "respond" to recent Russian 
military exercises. The question of NATO participation in 
events such as Baltic Host 2010 is and should be kept 
distinct from a discussion on specific Russian military 
exercises.  If Allies revisit the issue of Zapad 09, Mission 
should draw on the points provided in REF A. 
CLINTON