Foreign Policy

Recent Troop Movements Suggest Russia Is Preparing To Invade Eastern Europe

Russia is quietly pursuing an agenda that got almost no media coverage today. The Russian military is currently conducting invasion and missile launch drills just miles from the borders of several Baltic states in Eastern Europe. More than 100,000 Russian troops are mobilized to participate in these preparatory drills. Members of the U.N. and NATO have expressed major concerns over Russia’s activities on their borders, especially Lithuania and Estonia. Ukraine was invaded by Russia in 2014 after protests erupted and the country’s president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted.

Russian military exercise on the border of the Baltic states in September 2017. Image courtesy of NBC News.

The invasion had no military response from the U.N. or NATO since neither Europe or the United States had a duty to defend Ukraine, a country not a part of the NATO alliance.  All of the Baltic states are members of NATO. If Russia invades a NATO member country, NATO members have an obligation to provide a military response. While the American media is distracted by Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Russia is preparing to invade Eastern Europe which would drag the U.S. into another world war.


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