National Post View: NATO should establish a ‘tripwire’ force to box in an expansionist Russia

June 17, 2015 11:16 PM

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Ever since Russia — pardon us, “pro-Russian rebels” — invaded eastern Ukraine, NATO’s easternmost allies have worried that they may be next. Like Ukraine, they, too, have many Russian-speaking citizens. Like Ukraine, they, too, do not have the military strength to resist an assault. And like Ukraine, they do not have any NATO military forces on their soil to defend them.

It’s true. Despite being members of NATO, countries like Poland and the Baltic states do not have permanent NATO formations or bases on their soil. This is thanks to a 1997 agreement NATO signed with the Russians, wherein the Western alliance agreed not to “permanently station” troops in Eastern Eur...

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