Let me start by saying I’m no Russia hawk.
I have long been skeptical of US efforts to extend security guarantees to countries within what the Russians consider their ‘near abroad’ or extend such guarantees or police Russian interactions with new states which for centuries were part of either the Russian Empire or the USSR.
This isn’t a matter of indifference to these countries.
It is based on my belief in seriously thinking through the potential costs of such policies.
In the case of the Baltics those countries are now part of NATO.
Security commitments have been made which absolutely must be kept.
But there are many other areas where such commitments have not been made.
My point in raising this is that I do not come to this question or these policy questions as someone looking for confrontation or cold relations with Russia.
Let’s start with the basic facts.
There is a lot of Russian money flowing into Trump’s coffers and he is conspicuously solicitous of Russian foreign policy priorities.
I’ll list off some facts.