C O N F I D E N T I A L USNATO 000386
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
Â¶B. USNATO 379
Classified By: Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder for reasons 1.4 (b/d).
Â¶1. (U) This is an action request. Please see paragraph 3.
Â¶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.
Â¶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.
Â¶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.