On Geopolitics

Making the Most of a NATO Summit

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Jul 12, 2016 | 08:03 GMT
NATO Warsaw Obama Russia
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Polish President Andrzej Duda emerge from a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw on July 8. At the two-day summit, the alliance reaffirmed its commitment to its eastern members.
(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO members gathered in Warsaw over the weekend to broadcast their plans to increase the alliance's presence along Europe's eastern flank with Russia. As expected, the 28-member bloc agreed to station four battalions of as many as 1,000 soldiers each (the United States, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom will each lead a battalion) in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on a rotational basis starting in 2017. Russia scoffed at the affair in Warsaw, accusing NATO of creating more instability over an "imaginary" and "nonexistent" threat. With legislative elections approaching in September, the Kremlin wants to avoid looking weak at home as NATO pushes deeper into the former Soviet sphere. Still, Russia can try to make the most of it....

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