- Moscow has moved troops and advanced weapons to Crimea
- The military buildup gives Russia a new advantage in the Black Sea region
- It is now the most likely arena for a potential confrontation with the West
NATO circles have focused their attention in recent years on the Baltic states, which along with Poland have expressed concern about possible Russian aggression and demanded security reassurances. That focus, however, is now gradually widening to include developments in the Black Sea region, which is as likely as the Baltics to become a flash point for confrontation.