Russia is going to review whether or not it was legal for the Soviet Union to recognize the Baltic states as independent nearly 25 years ago, according to a report by Interfax.Uh...wow.
A "source familiar with the situation" told Interfax on Tuesday that the Russian Prosecutor General's office began checking the legality of the recognition of the independence of the Baltics.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were Soviet republics until the dissolution of the USSR back in 1991.
The report comes one week after the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 — back when Nikita Khrushchev was in power — was declared unconstitutional.
The source stated that the investigation was launched following requests from two parliamentary deputies, adding that there would be no legal consequences if the recognition of the three Baltic states was to be found illegal.
Lithuania's foreign minister Linas Linkevicius called the investigation an "absurd provocation," according to the BBC.
Everytime I reach a point where I think this thing might calm down, one side or the other ramps it back up.
I shouldn't be surprised though. The actions of the US in Europe haven't had a calming influence and if you're gonna saber rattle then you can expect it right back.
You're starting to see large formations of troops operating across a narrow border. You're seeing increased air interceptions and actions at sea.
When the inevitable happens and there is an accident who will have the common sense to keep it from escalating? Right now I would bet on rapid escalation, reinforcement and then an accidental clash that will scare everyone.
This business will get out of hand...It will get out of hand and we'll be lucky to survive....