Soon either Donald Trump or his successors will sell the Baltic countries to Russia. The US president, and his supporters, have repeatedly demonstrated that they are not interested in the Baltic states and consider them unimportant. Hence, there is no point for the US not to sell the Baltic states to Russia. The problem is, however, that Russia does not need these countries either. Otherwise it would not end strategic economic cooperation with them. The only thing about the Baltic states that Russia cares about is their NATO membership and the presence of offensive NATO infrastructure on their territory. It seems that the US invests in the development of infrastructure there only with the aim of raising the price of the Baltic states for further bargaining with Russia.
The Polish government insists on relocating an additional contingent of US troops to its territory because of the desire to strengthen its influence in Eastern Europe through the myth of Russian military aggression.
This narrative began to appear in the Russian media in June when the Presidents of Poland and the United States signed the Joint Declaration on Defence Cooperation. Poland stressed that the presence of American troops in the country plays an important deterrent role against Russian aggression. It is act precisely about increasing the defensive ability of Poland and the country's ability to repel any territorial encroachments by Russia. Poland has no ambition to increase its influence on any territory of Europe - whearas it is well documented that Russia captured the Ukrainian Crimea and occupied part of the Donbas.
The main defence forces of NATO will still remain in Germany: even after this deployment of the US military; in Poland the number of deployed troops will be much less than the 35,000 soldiers deployed now in Germany. It was also reported that the decision to increase the military presence of the allies in Poland and the Baltic countries was taken at the NATO summit in Warsaw three years ago, in response to Russia's seizure of Ukrainian territories. So this is not Poland’s sole decision, but the policy of the entire Alliance.
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