Sunday, November 23, 2014

Isolating Russia?

So now Uncle Vlad and his foreign minister are complaining that forward deployment of NATO aircraft in Estonia and Lithuania represent an attempt to "isolate" Russia?  I guess we are supposed to take such pronouncements seriously.  I'd also guess that we're supposed to ignore/forget all the Russian military facilities in the Kaliningrad (formerly East Prussia) and within easy striking distance of the Baltic states.

Russian fighters lined up at
Chkalovsk in Kaliningrad Oblast

I mean it's not like the Russians have used "ethnic Russian" populations as an excuse to seize territory from their neighbors before or that they have any reason to be suspect of Russian imperialism or that they spent decades as Russian occupied territory both before WWI and after WWII. Right?

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