Putin cannot win diplomatically. He cannot win economically. He is not the type to just give up and accept defeat. Can he win militarily? Latvia has a huge Russian minority. A minority that Russia pays money to accept Russian citizenship. The Russian army could take Latvia, or the russian speaking parts of it, in a matter of days. What would NATO and EU then do? What could we do? I don't believe we would start a nuclear war over some outback provinces in Latvia. NATO or no NATO. And we simply do not have the forces to retake anything from Russia by conventional means. Not in Europe. Russia could take Latvia and in a fait accompli, and we what exactly would we do then? Also, what can we do to avoid this from happening?