Russia Plane

On August 23, 2014, Finland's Ministry of Defense said that he suspects a Russian aircraft violated Finnish airspace. According to Reuters, "a state aircraft, a term which refers to plane used in military, customs and police services briefly entered the airspace over the Gulf of Finland."[1] It's not the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, when Russia violates the airspace of another country. Two Russian military aircraft violated the airspace of the northern European country according to the official statement witch was published on the Finnish MoD official website on June 9, 2014.[2] That was the second incident involving Finnish and Russian planes in June 2014. Other Baltic countries were targeted for strongly resembling Russian actions of the same sort. A Russian Federation armed forces plane Tu-134 violated the Estonian air space on August 13, 2014, Estonian Defence Forces headquarters press department official Roland Murof told Postimees Online. "Planes of Russian armed forces have violated the Estonian border four times this year in the Vaindloo island area: on May 21, June 11, June 12 and June 25."[3] Morgenthau defines prestige as "the third of the basic manifestations of the struggle for power on the international scene".[4] Each of the dates mentioned before corresponds to an event in Finland or Estonia that might be a trigger for Russia's actions. These actions were meant to increase the image of Russia as a major player in the area. All Baltic countries pursue policies that are on a collision course with Russian interests:

On August 22, 2014, by decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants 500,000 Euros in humanitarian aid for Ukraine.[5]

On June 8, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal envoy Sergei Markov, warned Finland against joining NATO.[6]

On August 12, 2014 Estonia criticized Switzerland for not imposing sanctions on Russia, “Switzerland contingency live with the criticism that they have usually dispensed with their possess sanctions to gain an advantage for its banking sector,” Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves pronounced in a talk with the SonntagsZeitung paper.[7]

In May 2014, NATO was conducting large-scale war games in Estonia involving some 6,000 troops from nine Alliance nations. In June 2014 more than 100 British soldiers took part in live-fire training in Estonia and Latvia as part of exercise Sabre Strike, which began on 8th June 2014 and on June 9, 2014 started the Exercise Baltops, the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea. On June 23, 2014 President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s speech at the Estonian Victory Day celebration in Valga was clearly a pro-NATO statement and against the Russia intervention in Ukraine.[8]

[1]Reporting by Jussi ROSENDAHL, "Finland suspects Russian aircraft violated airspace", Reuters, August 23, 2014, at the Internet address

[2]"Russian Bombers Reportedly Violate Finnish Airspace", Business Insider, June 13, 2014, at the Internet address

[3]"Russian aircraft violated Estonian air border", The Baltic Course, August 15, 2014, at the Internet address

[4] Hans J. MORGENTHAU, Politics among nations, 1948, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, p. 50

[5]"Finland grants 500,000 Euros for the victims of the conflict in Ukraine", Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, August 22, 2014, at the Internet address

[6]"Russia warns Finland against joining NATO", Norway Today, August 6, 2014, at the Internet address

[7]"Estonia Slams Switzerland for Not Imposing Sanctions on Russia", August 11, 2014, at the Internet address

[8]"President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s speech at the Estonian Victory Day celebration on 23 June in Valga.", Estonian World, June 25, 2014, at the Internet address

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