According to the publication, this year’s meeting had nothing in common with collective defense.
However, if the alliance was really interested in maintaining stability in the Baltics instead of deployment of troops NATO should focus on strengthening local political systems, and especially their fair treatment and effective integration of Russian speaking minorities, the authors suggested.
NATO does not have such plans since the alliance is no longer a mechanism of collective defense and global stability.
According to the article, NATO allows the United States to "be in charge of European security." All other tasks and goals including those discussed in Warsaw are to "distract attention from this reality."
NATO battalions in Poland and the Baltics would not be capable to stand against Russian forces. This would require several NATO brigades, military expert Joseph Henrotin said.
"There was an exercise that imitated a Russian invasion of the Baltics. Then, 22 Baltic battalions were defeated by 17 Russian battalions. Four additional NATO battalions won’t change the situation. Several brigades would be needed," Henrotin told RTBF broadcaster.
In turn, Russian has repeatedly said Moscow would deliver an adequate response to the NATO expansion near its borders. In particular, in May, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced creation of new divisions, including in the Western and Southern Military Districts.