Is Nato About To Make A Bad Move In The Baltics?

For nearly a decade since the end of the cold war, the U.S. and its European allies have essentially written off Russia as a serious military threat. Even though the former superpower remains a nuclear player, it can't afford to maintain its once-formidable arsenal, and its conventional forces are in serious disarray. Even President Vladimir V. Putin has called for sharply scaling back to 800,000 troops from today's level of 1.2 million and reducing strategic nuclear weapons to 1,500 from the current 6,000 in exchange for similar cuts from the U.S.

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