by Julian E. Barnes
"Now that the U.S. is only sending one—not two—battalions for the alliance military force on the eastern flank, there is a big question regarding which country will fill the void.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been working on a plan to step up its deterrence of Russia by creating a force of about 4,000 troops, a battalion for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Germany and the U.K. have said they will each provide a battalion. The U.S. still will contribute one battalion, of roughly 1,000 troops. But American officials told alliance officials last week that other allies needed to step forward to contribute the final 1,000 soldiers—part of an effort by Washington to make Europe to take more responsibility for its own defense."