NATO finally remembers its raison d'être

IN THE heart of NATO’s military headquarters, SHAPE, near the Belgian city of Mons, an unspoken revolution is taking place: planners are thinking about how to defend eastern European members from Russian attack. For years after the cold war, the orthodoxy was that Russia did not pose a threat, so NATO did not need to draw up contingency plans to protect newer members, such as the Baltic states.

edit: Voices from Norway also expressed their concerns regarding Russia a while ago. The theme was basically that they had to prepare for fighting on their own because many, many allied forces were tied up in Iraq or Afghanistan or simply not (well-)prepared (training!) for a quick deployment to Norway. This is not only about the Baltic nations.

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