Ukraine and Russia — The Conflict — and More

In looking at the looming conflict between Ukraine and Russia I see multiple relevant issues — that go beyond the simple issue of whether Russia will invade Ukraine or not.

Diplomatic talks have failed to ease rising tensions. Russia opposes NATO bases near its borders and has asked for written guarantees that NATO does not expand eastwards. One of the Kremlin’s central demands is that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO — a move it considers a red line. The United States has refused to concede to this demand.

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