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Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flash point after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties.

With U.S. President Barack Obama heading to Estonia on Wednesday on a visit designed to underline Washington’s solidarity with the Baltic states ahead of a NATO summit in Wales, the three tiny republics are renewing calls for troops on the ground and military help.

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