Just as has been seen in the past in Vietnam and in Afghanistan, when two big boys on the block begin to toy with each other the countries and people who are most egregiously harmed are seldom the populations of those two nations but those from the proxy countries used to wage those wars.
Vietnam saw the Soviets use the North Vietnamese as a proxy to wage war on the United States under the guise of helping that same state spread their own brand of communism to the South.
The exact same thing occurred during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan where the Americans saw the opportunity to extract a measure of revenge by helping to arm and prop up the Mujaheddin or “freedom fighters” to combat the Soviet Red Army.
These and other regional conflicts ended up being part of what was commonly referred to as the “Cold War” in which both sides attempted to build up their respective forces with an eye on defeating the other at some point.
This was all for naught as the old Soviet regime imploded and the threat was negated by effect of the disintegration of the U.S.S.R.
Since that time the U.S enjoyed a certain amount of hegemony in the region until the Russians elected Vladimir Putin as their new leader and the entire process began anew.
In an effort to counter the aggression that he sees from the U.S in the Baltic Region, an aggression that included allowing certain Baltic states to join the NATO alliance, the Russians have dramatically expanded their military might in that same area, and the U.S has responded in kind.
All of this posturing between the two large players has left the smaller countries in the region stuck virtually in the middle of an ever escalating conflict.
While the situation in Syria simmers and is soon to boil over, all eyes are on the Baltic States to see what exactly the end result will be.