Italy is going to deploy its troops along Russia’s borders. That would be funny if it weren’t so sad, especially given the fact, that in 2018 Italy will be taking over the command of NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force in the Baltic. The decision to deploy 140 Italian troops in Latvia was taken by the NATO summit in Warsaw in July, but Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti obviously took her time admitting this.

In an interview with Sputnik, Italian military expert and observer with Analisi Deifesa and Libero journals, Mirkio Molteni, said that the Italian government had taken three months to admit this and had used the 50th anniversary of a military college in Rome as a pretext to ask NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to bring the news to the Italian people. FULL REPORT