They're Scared To Death Of Russia.
All this time I thought, that, with all their bravado, that the EU and NATO, smelt Russian weakness and fear. As it turns out, by this one little prank, that European rulers, are indeed, scared and afraid of Russia. They're just talking tough, hiding behind the skirt of a weak, corrupt USA, hoping that the old adage, strength in numbers will apply here and perhaps give them courage.
That was my take on this whole episode, anyway. I'll keep my ears on, reading the mail, and trying to gauge the popular sentiment of this development.