I will try and avoid the old Churchillian cliché about riddles, mysteries and enigmas but the fact is that the entire frozen dump of a place is run by the equivalent of the Mafia whose main motivations are greed and power. If that was all, of course, it wouldn't matter too much, Russian would simply sink into the equivalent of Cuba or Venezuela but, alas, their gangsterism is shot through with mythical dreams of Mother Russia and its inherent greatness. In other words, the Russian leadership is psychotic as well as brutal.
So what are we to do? Well, if by 'we', you mean Britain then the answer is simple and may be summed up in a fine, old British expression - Sweet Fanny Adams! That master strategist, Mr. Michael Fallon MP, allegedly our Minister of Defence, aided and abetted by the usual collection of dunderheads who swagger round Whitehall in fancy uniforms, have decided to despatch a battalion of 'Toms' to the Russian border of one of the Baltic States - by Jove, that'll teach 'em! I bet 'Vlad the Impaler' nearly fell off his chair laughing!
Of course, the idea is at least as old as the one that stationed American troops in Berlin during the cold war deliberately to ensure that some of them would be killed if and when the Russians attacked and thus create a casus belli which would ensure American entry into the war. However, Berlin was a major city inside Soviet territory where-as 500 'Toms' sitting in the Baltic countryside could actually be ignored and circumvented by an invading Russian army of several million! Eventually, perhaps, the Russians would lay on some buses so the lads could get back home!
However, if by "we", we mean the Americans then given Mr. Trump's ambivalent attitudes towards his 'good ol' buddy, Vlad' then future decisions lie beneath his ginger hair and are not yet apparent! Apparently, his hand-picked Secretaries of both State and Defence are wanting a much more determined opposition to Vlad's mad ambitions so, yet again, the first battle will take place in Washington!
Returning to our own 'septic Isle', I think it is reasonable to say that the vast majority of the British people do not give a flying fig for the Baltic states and given a choice they would very much prefer for the government to spend even more money on welfare than warfare! It is, after all, part of our glorious history to always be totally unprepared for war. The cold war was only supported because it immediately followed a hot war and so the GBP (Great British Public) were used to it. However, at the first chance swords were transfigured to ploughshares and our armed forces were, in effect, dis-armed!
From Vlad's point of view there are some rich pickings to be had as the EU heads for the breaker's yard and NATO suffers from Trump tantrums. Not that it would have made any difference if that famous 'painter of red lines', Obama, had been in command, nobody took him seriously after the Syrian debacle. None of the European countries are fit for purpose when it comes to a major war so we had best hunker down on our island and spend as much as we can on our nuclear forces to be used as a last resort.
Er, have a nice day!