Marta Kepe

Marta Kepe

Marta Kepe is an Analyst at RAND Europe in the defence, security and infrastructure team. Marta previous worked for the Latvian Ministry of Defence where she worked on armaments issues within the European Defence Agency and NATO. She holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Westminster. She writes here in a personal capacity.

NATO decides to ‘troop the colours’ as symbol of deterrence in the Baltics

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The recent NATO commitment to position troops in the Baltic states follows several years of Russian aggression, with NATO previously reluctant to make such a commitment. The move is seen as a symbolic gesture of support for the region; however, the commitment is not seen as a significant challenge to Russia’s military strength and question marks remain about whether it will act as a significant act of deterrence.

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