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Title: NATO SHOULD CONSIDER PARTICIPATING IN EXERCISE BALTIC HOST 10

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09USNATO3862009-09-11 16:40:00 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 000386 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/11/2019 
TAGS: NATO PREL MOPS RS EN LG LH BO
SUBJECT: NATO SHOULD CONSIDER PARTICIPATING IN EXERCISE BALTIC HOST 10 
 
REF: A. STATE 92638 
     ¶B. USNATO 379 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder for reasons 1.4 (b/d). 
 
¶1. (U) This is an action request.  Please see paragraph 3. 
 
¶2. (C) Estonia, addressing the September 8 meeting of the 
North Atlantic Council, requested that NATO follow with 
interest the ongoing Zapad 09 Russian-Belarussian exercise 
with a view to providing a report to Allies.  While Estonia 
conveyed concern over Zapad 09, it did not at that time push 
for further exploration of the issue of possible NATO 
participation in Exercise Baltic Host 2010.  However, 
following a private call on Ambassador Daalder by Estonian 
PermRep Juri Luik, we understand Estonia will make this point 
at the September 16 NAC. 
 
¶3. (C) USNATO understands that ref A guidance was unable to 
address potential U.S. support for NATO involvement in 
Exercise Baltic Host as the extremely short notice given 
prevented a full interagency examination of the issue (ref 
B).  In that light, USNATO requests guidance on the proposal 
that we use the September 16 NAC to encourage NATO to begin 
consideration of the question of Alliance participation in 
Baltic Host 2010. 
 
¶4. (C) The mission believes that any U.S. endorsement of NATO 
participation in the Baltic Host 2010 exercise should not be 
framed as a direct reaction to the Russian/Belarussian 
exercise.  Instead, asking the Secretary General to address 
this issue provides an opportunity for the Alliance to 
consider a Baltic exercise in the framework of a broader 
understanding of NATO exercises.  It should also help to 
alleviate Eastern Allies concerns over NATO level of defense 
commitment to them. 
DAALDER