In the Library of Congress in Washington hosted a game at cards, which was modeled to protect the Baltic States against a possible attack from Russia. About this on his page in Facebook said the head of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (state Assembly) of Estonia Marko Mihkelson.
The game was also attended by the U.S. Congress, Susan Davis, Jim Costa, Rick Larsen, Michael Turner, Rob Bishop, and RAND experts. The next game should take place in Brussels in February 2017.
In the summer of 2016, the commander of US forces in Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges announced that NATO cannot defend Baltic States in case of invasion of Russia.
“Russia could conquer the Baltic States faster than we would have had time to be there to protect them,” said Hodges, agreeing with analysts who believe that to capture the capitals of the Baltic States, the Russian troops would require 36-60 hours.
At the beginning of 2017 in Eastern Europe began the deployment of the 3rd armored brigade combat team, 4th infantry division of the United States. One of its battalions will be deployed to the Baltic States.
RAND is one of the most famous and largest in the United States of the strategic research centres.