11:49 Oct. 3, 2016
Give Putin an inch, he'll take miles
With its ongoing military intervention in Syria and new allegations of its involvement in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine two years ago, Russia looks troubling enough from a distance.
It's even more menacing up close.
In the Baltic, Russian fighters have buzzed American warships operating in international waters and harassed U.S. patrol planes and Polish helicopters flying in international airspace. There have been no-notice, "snap" ground force exercises, too.
But it's not just NATO members who are in the Kremlin's cross hairs of late.
Russia's stealthy submarines have also been swimming in the waters of Nordic, non-NATO countries Sweden and Finland; Russian bombers made dry runs at Sweden's strategic Gotland island in the Baltic Sea.
Of course, Russia also seized and annexed Crimea in 2014. Moscow still supports the rebel insurgency in eastern Ukraine with soldiers and materiel, keeping Kiev — and the region —on edge.
But what's behind all this chest-thumping?