Garry you said a similar thing about Russia ignoring the Ukraine and its Russian 50% (who have been there for many generations).
I very much did, you are correct and for the price of four new regions of happy Russians, Russia has had to pay the price of perhaps 30,000 dead Russian soldiers, which is a high price and would not be acceptable if it was Syria, but as Russia didn't get a choice and the alternative was letting Kiev strike first and then have Russia react it is rather likely Kiev might have gotten in a few serious blows before the Russians could push them back so I rather doubt they would be better off than Russia is now in terms of soldiers killed.
Now that the conflict has started and is contained with just fighting Ukraine and some volunteers it makes sense for Russia to finish the job and eliminate the threat that Ukraine as a country posed to Russia.
Attacking the Baltic states adds directly to Russias problems and makes a solution harder to achieve and will likely make things more costly.
The US certainly wont likely want to send in troops but they might say they will transfer nuclear weapons to its Baltic Allies and they can "defend themselves" as and how they please to try to say... well you can't use nukes against us because we didn't use them against you...
They love that deniability BS they use when the CIA or Blackwater openly commits crimes around the world... it is amazing that is tolerated...
Saddam should have created his own group and called them the CIA and let them do anything they liked in other countries with a huge budget and they can kill anyone and destroy anything... but it is not Iraq... it is the CIA... no accountability.
You forgot the Baltics too have a high proportion of Russians, a fair number of neutrals. AND a high number of NATO controlled Nazi/Fascist vermin.
I didn't forget that at all... I am banking on that... as those regions turn to shit because there wont be more EU money to make everything look good and their stupid policies of blaming Russia and Russians for everything should be alienating those Russian citizens they have... Russia should offer them land and citizenship... they are an ex Soviet state so they should be eligible... if they want to move to Russia then great... if they want to stay and be victimised by their colonial overlords, well that is their choice. Offer apartments and pensions for those that are retired and proper healthcare etc, and jobs for the younger people.... there are a lot of job vacancies in Russia that can't be filled because there are not enough able bodied workers with the right skills... a bit of training and off they can go.
They could do Youtube videos showing the people going through the process and how it is turning out for them...
Additionally, the Baltics are strategically a pain up the arsehole for Russia, not least in terms of isolating Kaliningrad and as a launch pad vs other parts of Russia.
Kaliningrad is what it is... an island surrounded by hostile countries... they need to modify their existence to cope with that. Modify industry and business in Kaliningrad to make them more self sufficient, so only a minimum of material and resources need to move to and from mainland Russia via boat or aircraft. I would say nationalise the pipelines NSI and NSII and convert one to deliver gas to Kaliningrad and the other to be a pumping station to send containers with goods in them or oil or something else that they can put on ships to send to the world or use domestically and pump to neighbours who behave or pay a high enough price for....
The bottom line is the Baltics are a problem that needs sorting one way or the other.
I disagree... they have made their bed... let them enjoy the lumps and wet patches... when the US collapses or starts looking inwards at its own problems rather than out trying to control the world the Europeans are going to realise the rest of the world does not really like them very much... and only because they are colonial thieving bastards... when the rest of the world joins BRICS and starts trading amongst themselves without the west as the middle man the west is going to be sidelined.
I also watched a recent interesting science report about sea currents and they think as early as 2025 that the warm water current that make Europes climate so much warmer than it should be is going to change and things are going to become rather more difficult... presumably meaning Asia and Alaska might get a bit warmer too... all these things are going to have an impact.
They started the ball rolling by cutting ties with Russia and Russia is not only surviving... it is developing and blooming... and Europe is starting to realise how important Russian cheap resources were to its well being and income... and now an African country has decided not to subsidise France any more I rather suspect other countries are going to follow suit and looking to other countries for partnerships and cooperation and development and growth.... when trade between the EU and Russia stops the countries that made money by being in the middle are going to become empty and useless... Europe is not going to use Baltic ports for anything and if Russia does not use them then no one will... the great trade route through Russia from Asia to Europe and back wont go to Europe any more... it could be going down through the Caspian and Iran to India and Africa, or maybe through Turkey and Syria to Africa, but I am pretty sure Russia wont be helping it get to Europe nor for European goods to get to China... because Europe is likely to collapse too and wont be making anything... all their companies will move to the US or China or India so they will have to pay Russia to get their goods delivered to Europe...
Ukraine has resources that pro Russian people live around and on, so accepting them in to the Russian Federation makes sense... it is worth pumping money in there to fix things and remove unexploded ordinance and rehabilitate people, because they are essentially Russians.
The Baltics on the other hand are rail lines and ports and a large portion of nazis who hate Russia and Russians.
The rail lines will be the wrong gauge and the ports are run down and redundant because Russian ports can essentially do the same work without needing to convert to foreign currency for Russophobes.
Maybe the Baltics shouldnt be reintroduced to Russia. But having them NATO controlled is far far worse than any other solution.
I would say the opposite... it is hilarious... because the baltics essentially stick into Russian territory with Kaliningrad behind and Russia in front and a difficult gap between them... you can't fill the Baltics with huge powerful forces because they can be cut off and slaughtered and when you don't put massive forces in there the locals think you wont be able to defend them from a massive attack... which is essentially true.
I would put the Baltics in the same basket as Poland and Finland and most other HATO states... don't worry about the civilians... just nuke the US bases first, local military bases second and then capital and large population centres next... ie no intention of occupation or invasion... they are threats... you don't capture or occupy a threat, you eliminate it.
(To be clear I am not suggesting these places are attacked by Russia, I am just pointing out that these are threats rather than places with lots of Russians that need to be rescued like parts of the Ukraine. If HATO starts something or there is an attack or invasion like HATO troops start moving towards Kaliningrad or Ukrainian territory without Russian agreement then Russia needs to respond to the Threat, and as I say above you respond differently to threats than you do to hostage situations...)
(Obviously you check to see where Alamo and other members are and you bomb around them)...