These entries are pretty much me figuring out what might be driving current events. When it comes to geography the US has it so good and doesn't even really realize it.
In an early episode of World at War there's some footage of the USSR's attempt to conquer Finland at the beginning of the war. Well I could understand keeping the Germans out. That was probably part of it but it turns out that Finland used to be the Grand Duchy of Finland and the Russian Tsar was the Grand Duke. Partly strategic and I suspect partly "it used to be ours and we want it back." Countered with "in your dreams a$$hats." Anyway.
The Russian navy has several fleets. None of them have a straight shot at open water. The oldest is probably the Baltic Fleet. Most of the fleet seems to be headquartered on or near the