Russia is doing fly-bys of the Baltic countries; sending naval groups to the edge of international waters in Europe and North America; and is undertaking readiness exercises across its territory.
It is not 1981.
The sanctions have not broken Moscow.
It is not 1933.
The collapse of oil prices has not driven the Kremlin into retreat.
It is not 1960.
While the West grapples, so slowly and so poorly, with the fact of a renewed Russian imperialism the existence of which it had simply wished away, the Baltics are increasing their defense spending and hardening their electronic infrastructure.
This has been true for nine months and more. …read more