Viewing cable 09USNATO379
Title: NATO PARTICIPATION IN BALTIC EXERCISES - REQUEST

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09USNATO3792009-09-04 16:58:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Mission USNATO
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C O N F I D E N T I A L USNATO 000379 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/03/2019 
TAGS: NATO PREL MOPS RS EN LG LH BO
SUBJECT: NATO PARTICIPATION IN BALTIC EXERCISES - REQUEST 
FOR GUIDANCE FOR SEPTEMBER 8 NAC 
 
REF: SEPTEMBER 4 USNATO EUR-RPM E-MAIL 
 
Classified By: A/DCM Kate Byrnes. 
Reasons: 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C/NF) The September 8 meeting of the North Atlantic 
Council (NAC) will coincide with the commencement of "Zapad 
09," a large scale Russian and Belarusian military exercise 
which will take place in close proximity to Baltic NATO 
Allies' territory.  We predict that this event will prompt a 
NAC discussion on Baltic Allies' concerns. 
 
¶2. (C/NF) The Defense Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and 
Lithuania had written to former NATO Secretary General Jaap 
de Hoop Scheffer on June 16, 2009 to request NATO 
participation in Exercise Baltic Host 10, which is scheduled 
for May/June 2010 (Ref A). USNATO understands that they never 
received a reply. 
 
¶3. (C/NF) USNATO requests guidance on making the following 
points in the September 8 NAC: 
 
-- We share the concern of our Baltic Allies. 
-- At the same time we recognize this exercise was announced, 
and that this exercise does in principle incorporate 
observers through the application of the Vienna Document. 
-- We have no objection to the idea of exercises. 
-- Our goal should be to approach the issue in the same way 
on Allied territory. 
-- In that regard the Secretary General should schedule the 
work of Allies to examine and positively answer the previous 
request of our Baltic Allies that there be NATO involvement 
in Exercise Baltic Host 2010. 
DAALDER