It is time to call a spade a spade. By annexing Crimea, supplying separatists with weapons and personnel, and now directly intervening in Ukraine, Russia has broken the rules-based system in Eastern Europe and has undermined international laws and norms.
Poland and Latvia have summoned the Russian ambassadors to protest threats by nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who last week said Poland and the Baltic states would be "wiped out" in the event of a war between Russia and the West.
In late August 2012, my brother and I spent three weeks in the Baltics. Shortly after we arrived into Latvia, we spent a day in Gauja National Park, doing as many a Latvian does - foraging for mushrooms.