During NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg’s recent visit to Poland, Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz announced that NATO would station four battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on a rotating basis, Newsday reports. The multi-national battalions will be comprised of between 300-800 soldiers each.

The Baltics have long been an area of concern for the alliance, as several generals and military analysts have warned that Russian forces could storm Baltic capitals like Riga and Tallinn in as little as 36 hours. Positioning NATO battalions and increasing military exercises in the Baltics and Poland has been identified as part of possible solution to Russia’s increasing aggression in eastern Europe. FULL REPORT