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There's a battle going on in the Baltic, where Russia is attempting to dominate the safe passages with Naval activity (submarines and ships). Russia is also pursuing the Artic ice territory for rich oil reserves. Although the Artic conflicts are being managed by U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Great Britain, they do not want Russia to expand passed their current border controls. The past decade, Russia has exhibited tactics of bullying their way into expansion into the Artic. As for the Baltic, the Baltic Nations with more to loose from Russia dominating the waters are hunting down their submarines and targeting their ships.
In Eastern Europe the countries that resent Russia's expansion are very reactive. These many countries are much in unity attempting to formalize mutual and benefitting goals. Some of these Eastern Europe countries are very corrupt, which seems to destabilize and agreements in a pact against Russia. Putin will exercise this destabilization to benefit his agenda. U.S. and many NATO nations are funding these countries, such as Ukraine for weapons and training. I have no doubt that Ukraine has a future goal of reclaiming Crimea.
Putin's Russian economic status is going backwards and the world will soon begin to see where Russia is going to have to play more friendly in the world. Putin is showing change by harmonizing with U.S. and NATO on ISIL. However, be cautious of any Putin deals on Syria. Putin is cagy and calculating like a fox-bred panther. I like making comparisons of Napoleon with Putin, which both are short in height, boast of their accomplishments and display acts of aggression in the world.