A real threat or an attempt to cause a stir?

Russia worried its neighbors by publishing a proposal for redrawing the border on the Baltic Sea, only to delete it later

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A proposal by the Russian Defense Ministry to redraw Russia's maritime border in the eastern Baltic Sea was deleted from the official portal yesterday after causing confusion and concern among NATO members including Finland, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia.

In an official filing, the defense ministry said the Soviet border measurement from 1985 was based on nautical charts from the mid-20th century, and therefore did not fully correspond to modern cartographic coordinates, Reuters reported.

However, that proposal was deleted yesterday from the official portal where it was published with the message: the draft has been deleted".

No additional explanation was given, and the Russian Ministry of Defense did not respond to the British agency's requests for comment.

Based on the original draft of the regulation, it was not immediately clear how exactly the border could be adjusted and whether there had been any consultation with the other Baltic states.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson told the TT news agency: "Russia cannot unilaterally decide on new borders."

Finnish President Aleksandar Stab said that Russia has not contacted them, adding: Finland behaves as always: calm and based on facts".

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called the proposal an "obvious escalation" against the NATO military alliance led by the US and the European Union. He said that an "adequate firm answer" is necessary.

Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsakna said: "At first glance, it seems like an absurd thing."

In comments to Reuters, he added: "The possibility that the report is an attempt to cause confusion cannot be ruled out."

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