“Russia is always a few steps ahead of NATO,” it concludes. “Be it large-scale military drills, flights over NATO warships or deployment of the state-of-the–art military equipment.”
With its air campaign in Syria and its intentions in Ukraine, Moscow is sending two clear messages to the Alliance: firstly, it is acting a lot faster than expected, and secondly, it is ready to pursue its own interests with more determination than NATO has ever been able to foresee.
As the result, the Alliance has been left with the only option: trying to follow up Russia’s unpredictable decisions.
The outlet cites as an example NATO’s recent decision to deploy four armed battalions in the Baltic States and Poland, with an estimated 4,000 troops to be sent to Russia’s borders.
Russia was quick to respond with the redeployment of its three divisions with a total number of servicemen ranging from 4,000 to 10,000, which is a different matter it says.
Hence, the newspaper concludes, NATO has been unable to find any reasonable format for communicating with Russia.