Russia is very nervous about the defensive missile battery the United States has agreed to provide to Poland.
After all, the missiles will be just a little over 100 miles from Russian territory.
Russia sees this as akin to the Cuban missile crisis. When then-Pres. Kennedy stared Moscow down when it tried to install a battery of missiles on Cuba. A little under 100 miles from U.S. land.
Of course, it's not at all the same thing. The Cuban missiles were to be nuclear in nature. The Polish missiles conventional and defensive. Designed to retard an air attack from Iran.
But Russia is certain the United States will expand the deployment beyond rockets designed to shoot down those aimed at Poland. And will install weapons that are aimed at Russia. Moscow now says if that happens, Russia's response will reach "beyond diplomacy."
Here's a suggestion.
If indeed, the United States is only providing defensive weapons, why not give Russia access to the sites? All the missile sites.
Let the Russian military affirm for itself that no offensive weapons are being deployed. That the missiles offer no threat to Russian soil.
This would diffuse the situation.
If the U.S. and Poland are telling the truth, we all have nothing to lose and everything to gain by offering Moscow access.