When NATO leaders gather in Warsaw on July 8 to 9, they will announce steps to beef up the alliance’s conventional force presence on its eastern flank. NATO also will shortly announce that the SM-3 missile defense site in Romania has achieved operational status. These moves will spur the Kremlin, with some fanfare, to announce military “countermeasures.” But those will be steps that Moscow almost certainly intends to take in any case.
NATO looks to Warsaw
Russia’s military build-up, its illegal seizure and annexation of Crimea, and support for armed separatism in eastern Ukraine have caused NATO to focus more intently on …read more