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2004 new members: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia | National News

– Total NATO membership: 26

The admission of the Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—introduced NATO to Russia’s doorstep. Until that time, no NATO member had shared a land border with Russia. This group additionally marked the primary former Soviet nations to hitch the alliance. With their accession, they have been formally past Russia’s sphere of affect, politically talking.

Under Vladimir Putin’s management, Russia initially objected to this enlargement, claiming a NATO army presence in a bordering nation was a menace to Russia’s nationwide safety. But in the end, Baltic state membership—even via the eyes of Putin—was a foregone conclusion. The alliance made clear that any lack of formal border treaties—which till then had been thought of a non-starter for membership—would within the case of the Baltic states be missed, as Russia’s “stalling ways to impair [their] candidacy” have been all too clear to member nations. In 2000, Putin signed the “Foreign Policy Concept” which outlined a dedication to fostering “good-neighborliness and mutual cooperation” particularly with the Baltic states. Russia was extra involved about preserving its enhancing relationship with the West at the moment than blocking their admission.

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