How Finland and Estonia can block the Gulf of Finland for Russia


The accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance de facto turns the Baltic Sea into an "inland sea of ​​NATO". This, despite the objections of Russian diplomacy, is stated in plain text by Western policy. And they, without any hesitation, explain why this is being done: if necessary, Russia can be locked up in the Gulf of Finland, cut off from its Kaliningrad exclave.


The fact that Tallinn and Helsinki are negotiating the creation of a joint missile defense system was announced by the new Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hanno Pevkur:

When Finland and Sweden join NATO, the Baltic Sea will become NATO's inland sea. Compared to the current state of affairs, the situation is changing ... We need to integrate our (systems) coastal defenses. The flight range of Estonian and Finnish missiles exceeds the width of the Gulf of Finland. This means that we can combine our (systems of) missile defense and share with each other all the information we have.

The threat is, in fact, serious. If you look at the map, you can see that the exit for Russian ships from the Gulf of Finland to the Baltic Sea is controlled by Finland from the north, and Estonia from the south. We also have our own exclave on the Baltic coast - the Kaliningrad region, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania and having no other direct communication with "big Russia" except by sea. How vulnerable the position of Kaliningrad is was demonstrated by the transport "semi-blockade" recently arranged by Vilnius. All other Baltic countries are either already members of NATO or will soon become members of this military bloc, like Finland and Sweden.

If desired, Tallinn and Helsinki can really arrange a real blockade for our fleet in the Baltic. The fact that they have long been preparing for just such a scenario of events can be judged by the composition of their naval forces.

The Finnish Navy has 6 minelayers and 13 minesweepers at once, as well as 8 patrol ships, which are fast missile boats, plus support vessels. The Estonian Navy is numerically more modest than the Finnish, but they are also based on 3 Sandown-type minesweepers, two patrol boats and two Lindormen-type command and control ships, retrained as diving and support ships. Last year, information was leaked to the press that Tallinn would buy sea mines from Helsinki. Coincidence?

We don't think. Taking into account the geographical features of the potential theater of operations, it is clear what our neighbors in the Baltic are preparing for. The fact that sea mines are just one of the elements of the defense system built against Russia was told by Asko Kivinuk from the Estonian Defense Investment Center:

Our institution has received the task to conduct a tender for the supply of a coastal defense complex consisting of two new components. The first is sea mines and the means for their installation, the second is coastal defense, that is, anti-ship missiles. And at the moment, with the signing of this agreement, we have completed the first part of this task.

The mining of the exit from the Gulf of Finland is a real threat of blockade of the ships of the Baltic Fleet. Yes, you can try to clear them with minesweepers, but specialized anti-mine ships will be under the gunpoint of enemy land-based anti-ship missiles. By the way, Helsinki purchased Swedish-made MTO-85M anti-ship missiles with a range of more than 100 kilometers. This is more than enough to block the exit from the Gulf of Finland. Beggar Tallinn spared no expense in order to purchase expensive Israeli Blue Spear anti-ship missiles in 2021, with a range of 290 kilometers. This will allow the Estonians to take aim and control all approaches and exits from the "trap" of the Gulf of Finland. And, yes, remember that Helsinki has decided to purchase 64 F-35A Lightning II multirole fighters, which it will deploy at an air base near the city of Rovaniemi, 150 km from the Russian border. These fifth-generation American fighters can carry, among other things, air-launched anti-ship missiles.

Let's be honest, for the small and not the strongest Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation, all the military preparations listed above pose a real and very serious threat. The alignment of forces is so not in our favor that it is time to think about how to completely remove more or less large ships, patrol boats and corvettes from this "inland sea of ​​NATO", distributing them to other fleets - the Pacific, Northern, Black Sea. It makes sense to leave minesweepers and small missile ships in the Baltic, which will be of real use if something happens as carriers of Caliber cruise missiles, which we will discuss in detail told earlier.

As for the sudden ardent desire of some of Russia's neighbors to join the NATO bloc and how to respond to this, we will certainly discuss in detail in the context of how not to lose in the confrontation with the collective West.
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  1. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 14 August 2022 11: 08
    +14
    The mining of sea transport routes is already a full-fledged war. Of course, blocking the Baltic Fleet in the Marquis Puddle is quite possible. The only way out is to break through the naval blockade by ground forces. All this is only in the case of a full-fledged war. Mine setting is a declaration of war.
    Since this implies a war with NATO, a couple of kilotons for Tallinn and Helsinki are just asking.
  2. svoroponov Offline svoroponov
    svoroponov (Vyacheslav) 14 August 2022 11: 37
    +14
    Yes, ours do not keep a large fleet in the Baltic in the St. Petersburg region. There is an optimal number of ships. The rest are in Kaliningrad (Baltiysk). Minesweepers will be added, they seem to be laid down and under construction.
    With modern artillery and high-precision missile weapons deployed on ships and on land, this is enough. It will be necessary, they will add on land.
    And Estonians and Finns also need to be borne in mind - due to their small number and population decline, even in peaceful conditions, after they basically knock out their childbearing potential (men and some women), their ethnic groups will literally come to an end. There will be no potential for the restoration of these nationalities, absolutely and without options
    The concept of EESTI B SUOMI will remain only in history. Any war for these countries with Russia is a disaster!
    1. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 14 August 2022 22: 56
      +1
      there is simply no physical Baltic fleet in Kronstadt, everything is in Baltiysk so that it would be more convenient for the Poles to drown them all right in the port, it makes no sense like the cruiser Moscow
  3. Moray Boreas Offline Moray Boreas
    Moray Boreas (Morey Borey) 14 August 2022 12: 10
    +2
    In my opinion, any surface warship, object is an easy target for rocket launchers. Air / surface, ground / ground, ... no anti-missile systems will help. Plus the submarine fleet and ground bombing of the infrastructure of the enemy fleet.
  4. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
    Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 12: 57
    +4
    How can we not remember our Ultimatum. And the way we flushed him down the toilet. It was necessary to press the States. Model of action - US nuclear deterrence in 1962. The Americans then retreated. And they did the right thing - the USSR was ready to start a nuclear war on their territory.
    And now it was necessary to act also. Yes, it would be a risk, but without risk there is no Victory. There would be no sanctions and everything else.
    The cowardly have a different fate - to follow the Hegemon to the European-Japanese War. To exhaustion and destruction. Everything must be done on time
    1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 14 August 2022 13: 24
      +9
      As a result, the cowardly have both shame and, ultimately, war, but on different conditions. To win, people with the mentality of a winner should be at the helm, and not a worried leader with the mentality of "let's live together"
      1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
        Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 15 August 2022 11: 20
        +3
        One leader is not enough. We need a team that includes smart and talented people who share the goals of the country's development. And for this team, a society built on the same principle is needed. Then there will be someone to correct or replace the leader.
        So it was in the USSR before the stagnation. In the "new" Russia, people were selected based on their loyalty to the leadership and their willingness to destroy the old. After Yeltsin, this social "filter" and "elevator" were replaced by another - devotion and the ability to enrich themselves at the expense of the country.
        Unleashing the weeds, now we're reaping their rewards
  5. Belissa Offline Belissa
    Belissa (BONY) 14 August 2022 14: 35
    -1
    How many calibers do you need to unlock the Gulf of Finland
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 15: 07
      +1
      Calibers won't fit. It will take a long time to trawl from mines under shelling from all shores. Until either mines or minesweepers run out.
      As for the calibers, by threatening them (with a nuclear warhead) to the Hegemon personally, one could force him to withdraw his pack. This is the second option. But with him we are a little late
  6. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
    Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 15: 15
    +1
    I'm thinking, why does the Lord punish us? After all, we are good.
    I think that this is not a punishment, but a harsh lesson. You should not assume that you got something good (by this "something" I mean our power) if you didn’t lift a finger to make it really true.
    If Russia survives, it will remember this lesson for a long time. And we are with her
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 15: 45
      0
      Life has warned us many times
  7. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 14 August 2022 15: 26
    +2
    Let's say the Baltic Fleet can be locked up in NATO's "inland sea".
    And the civilian passenger and cargo ships linking the Russian Federation with Kaliningrad - NAT-Sheep ... intend to sink?
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 15: 38
      +2
      For the Hegemon, this is not a problem if he is ready to command his pack to their war with us.
  8. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 14 August 2022 17: 07
    +1
    Actually, such a "blockade" is a direct reason to use nuclear weapons. I have no doubt that in Helsinki and Tallinn they understand this well
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 17: 11
      -2
      Helsinki and Tallinn, like everyone else, with their governments, finances and media (that is, with giblets) belong to the Hegemon. This is confirmed by their self-destructive sanctions.
      On the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons (do not forget that it will be mutual) in Europe and Japan, apparently, the Hegemon is calm. As for the use of strategic nuclear weapons against him, he seems to have confidence that this will not happen
  9. Alexander Ponamarev (Alexander Ponamarev) 14 August 2022 18: 01
    +2
    We are constantly let down by indecision,,,,, to pull to the last, but I am sure that the answer from our side will be tough, we have enough potential to make such a hole in the memory of the Baltic states that they will not even dare to think for many years ..... or rather those who remain alive
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 18: 20
      -1
      These are emotions. We need to think now - how to destroy the Hegemon's plans, which apparently include our passivity
  10. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 14 August 2022 18: 09
    +2
    If NATO also blocks sea communications, the Kaliningrad province will actually be in a complete blockade and the Russian Federation will face a choice - to bend or start a war in order to deblockade, and the war with NATO will not be limited to the use of conventional weapons and the European theater of operations.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 14 August 2022 19: 36
      0
      Don't worry about opuses, what if.
      As in a joke:

      -I have a right. -Of course you have. - Then I can do it. - You can't do it...

      From what binge the Finns will start mining the Gulf of Finland.? Immediately in response, Finland will be closed with mines, and these are "krants" for Finland ...
  11. Sergey Dyomin Offline Sergey Dyomin
    Sergey Dyomin (Sergey Dyomin) 14 August 2022 19: 05
    0
    blocking the Gulf of Finland = war, and in order to bring the pro-Balts and Finns with the Swedes to life, the fleet does not need to have land borders, calibers and nuclear weapons at the very least
    You never know what Baltic mongrels are yapping there, big uncles are not suicidal
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 20: 15
      -2
      When the Hegemon has scandalous dirt on the big uncle, this uncle does what he is told. Because it's not suicidal. Therefore, everything has been going on for a long time as the Hegemon wants. And it will go on
  12. vladimir kargin Offline vladimir kargin
    vladimir kargin (Vladimir Kargin) 14 August 2022 20: 19
    +1
    An interesting article, it’s interesting the girls are dancing, what kind of pacifist sentiments, with such actions of our Baltic partners, this will be an informal declaration of war, the reaction to which can only be one thing, a quick throw of professional PMCs and the capture of the center of Tallinn, paralysis of the control centers of the Republic of Estonia, blocking or destroying the fleet and coastal military systems, this will help the Baltic Fleet with all its albeit not very great power, and not a few boats, as the author suggests, to be honest, I thought that he would offer to leave Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, shame, shame, profanity and defeatist moods shine through in this article by the author, you have to be a realist, believe in yourself and see the goal, as they say "hit Freddy first" and I think our leadership will have the strength and determination, especially when they push it against the wall. Good luck to us friends, remember Peter the Great, he cut a window to Europe, and it was harder for him, but he created the fleet and St. Petersburg, and did not hand it over. Hitler could not Pita r to take and sink the fleet, and that we will disgrace the honor of our fathers and grandfathers? The world is great, and there is nowhere to retreat behind Russia !!!
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 14 August 2022 23: 05
      0
      to be honest, I thought that he would offer to leave Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, shame, shame, profanity and defeatist moods are seen in this article by the author

      The author is sober, serious and specific. Draws attention to the issues of vulnerability of Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, now, when they really cannot be missed behind the abundance of other problems. Honor and praise to him
    2. Benjamin Offline Benjamin
      Benjamin (Benjamin) 15 August 2022 12: 13
      0
      PMC Wagners have not yet returned from Kyiv
  13. Pomnitsa, the Israeli-Arab war of 1967 also began with the blockade of Israel from the sea. The consequences are known - the Arabs are still crying ...
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 21 August 2022 17: 19
      0
      Replica. In Finland, the Arabs live, that's it ...
  14. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
    Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 14 August 2022 22: 52
    +3
    the fleet in the Baltic is obviously pointless and useless, these are all suicide bombers, it is necessary to urgently transfer all frigates and corvettes to the North, and leave only ships of the third rank and BDK in the Baltic
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 15 August 2022 14: 45
      +1
      I would agree with you if such actions did not continue our retreat "strategy". Our SVO, by cumulative results in our war with the Hegemon, is a retreat with a fight. It is necessary to finally stop and start advancing. I think that the opportunities for transition to proactive actions have not yet been exhausted. It is impossible to defeat the Hegemon by acting in Ukraine. Considering that the Hegemon is waging war against us, these actions must be taken against him personally. The threat of nuclear war on its territory is the only reliable and effective offensive tool against the Americans, which has already been successfully tested on them in 1962. We must be ready for it if we want this remedy to work again.
      1. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
        Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 15 August 2022 17: 12
        +1
        Quote: Alexey Davydov
        The threat of a nuclear war on its territory is the only reliable and effective offensive tool against the Americans.

        in order for the fleet to be able to carry out this threat, frigates and support corvettes are needed in the north and Kamchatka
        1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
          Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 15 August 2022 19: 16
          -1
          I mean only ground-based strategic nuclear forces. The suicidal nature of this step does not negate its effectiveness as a threat.
          The threat of a strike on the States from Cuba in 1962 was also a delayed mutual suicide, but we went for it - we had no choice, because. At that time, the States had already deployed missiles of the first decapitation strike in Turkey and Italy, which did not leave us time to decide on the use of strategic nuclear weapons (there was no automated control system in the administration of the country and the Strategic Missile Forces). They could start a nuclear war at any moment, and it would be successful. We confronted them with the fact of readiness for our early start of a nuclear war with our temporary gain at its first stage.
          Now the threat of death for us, in my opinion, is also 100% predetermined, but this time by the readiness of the States to draw us into a war with Europe and Japan with guaranteed attrition and destruction in it. The Americans do not feel sorry for Europe and Japan, but alas, they themselves are no longer in control.
          1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 16 August 2022 21: 59
            -1
            Your many layouts do not correspond to reality. We removed the missiles from Cuba, the Americans withdrew the Pershings from Turkey. Today, nuclear weapons of the Russian Federation are even more powerful than US nuclear weapons quantitatively and no worse qualitatively, and with Paseidon and Zircon, they are somewhat ahead ... Therefore, the United States has no desire to strike nuclear weapons, and therefore they shit on small things everywhere and everywhere. wanting to win in another way... Don't think the Europeans are idiots as long as everyone agrees and nods their heads at US demands. But when it smells of fried, everyone will hide in their own interests, they will not want to be substituted. An example is the disagreement over Russian hydrocarbons. It is the same with Japan - sanctions, but there are no sanctions on Sakhalin 2, because it is important to them ... Everything is more complicated and not straightforward.
            1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
              Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 17 August 2022 00: 26
              0
              Unfortunately, these are all superficial and arbitrary mental constructs.

              We removed the missiles from Cuba, the Americans withdrew the Pershings from Turkey.

              Refresh your knowledge of the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Take an interest in what the Tulip exercises were, which the USSR conducted on September 8 - the day before the arrival of the first batch of missiles in Cuba (this was, among other things, a thermonuclear strike with an R-14U missile at a test site on Novaya Zemlya from Aginsky, a standard charge, across the country)
              Think about who threatened whom before the crisis, which means who retreated and who achieved it.
              Try to guess what, in this case, was the real purpose of the Tulip exercise.
              And what then actually was the whole crisis.
              Turn on logic.

              Today, nuclear weapons of the Russian Federation are even more powerful than US nuclear weapons quantitatively and no worse qualitatively, and with Poseidon and Zircon they are somewhat ahead.

              What does our superiority in nuclear weapons have to do with it, if the destruction will still be mutual?
              States are gradually drawing us into a war with Europe and Japan. Their vector of interests is clearly indicated by specific actions in the international arena. There is a lot of writing about it here and there.

              But when it smells of fried, everyone will hide in their own interests, they will not want to substitute.

              There is no need to endow our desires with reality, which they resolutely sneeze at. It has long smelled of fried food - especially for the Poles. You can't see how they are hiding. As for the idiots, are you not familiar with the power of the influence of the media (subordinate to the States) on the population, or the well-coordinated chorus of total sanctions of Europeans killing their industry did not convince you of anything? Maybe you consider their masochism our baseless propaganda?
              Against the backdrop of such serious questions, your

              An example is the disagreement over Russian hydrocarbons.

              awkward to read. When the guns speak, the economy dutifully recedes.

              Everything is more complicated and not straightforward.

              Are you against straight lines in diagrams?
              In order to state the scheme in a few phrases, do you need to write a monograph of justifications?
              1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 19 August 2022 12: 48
                0
                Replica. You can refute your arguments, but I do not see the need. (everyone has the right to be wrong in their own way). As for straightforwardness, but international diplomacy is not your "horse", the main parts, as a rule, are not brought to publication and only secondary signs can be guessed ... They know less, more confidence in our rightness, (old propaganda truth), earlier in the USSR , today the United States is fully involved in Europe and America against the Russian Federation .... More about the Caribbean crisis, nuclear weapons had a significant advantage on the side of the United States, and N. Khrushchev knew perfectly well (take an interest in history) and everything that followed from this, etc. ..
            2. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
              Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 17 August 2022 00: 54
              0
              We removed missiles from Cuba, the Americans withdrew Pershings from Turkey

              "Pershings" appeared much later. From Turkey, they launched Jupiter missiles.
              This is a really interesting and important story for us - read carefully
  15. Vamp Offline Vamp
    Vamp (wamp) 15 August 2022 08: 35
    +2
    In the Baltic, mining is only one of the possible factors. For other factors, the author did not have enough analytical skills. The article is rubbish.
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 15 August 2022 15: 49
      -1
      Judging by the composition of the fleets and the scenarios for joint exercises in the Baltic, this is NATO's main trump card in this region.
      The author is right
  16. Benjamin Offline Benjamin
    Benjamin (Benjamin) 15 August 2022 12: 11
    -1
    We became persecuted by the whole world, unlike the USSR, and as friends we still had "the powerful of the world with his" Cuba, Syria, Iraq and Argentina with Belarus
    1. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 15 August 2022 17: 10
      +1
      those who want to live godly will always be persecuted

      3 Timothy 12:XNUMX

      it is better to be persecuted, but free, and not a slave to America...have you forgotten how they sent tribute to the American horde=three-quarters of oil and gas revenues? Have you forgotten how the Khan's Baskak Chubais mocked us?
  17. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 21 August 2022 11: 48
    0
    If our authorities behave like impotent, nothing will happen.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 21 August 2022 17: 33
      0
      I agree, nothing will happen, except for the fragmentation of the Russian Federation (RF) into the United Provinces of Russia (UGR) as the CIS from the USSR, then into components: the Free Province of Krasnoyarsk, and so on. Freedom there will be only for Western colonialists with their capital, the rest of the natives understand that, carrot and stick ...