The Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

How serious is the Russian troop build-up near the Ukraine border? And what should NATO do about it?

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At the beginning of this week, NATO warned about an ‘unusual’ concentration of Russian forces close to the Ukraine border. So far, the Kremlin has dismissed the warning as “alarmist,” while the US alerted allies about the possibility of Moscow preparing for a possible invasion of Ukraine. Mark Leonard is joined by Marie Dumoulin, the new director of our Wider Europe programme, in her first week on the job, and ECFR Senior policy fellows Gustav Gressel and Kadri Liik to talk about the Russian military build-up on Ukraine´s borders: how serious is the situation? And what should – or shouldn’t – NATO do about it? 

This podcast has been recorded 17 November 2021. 

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits a frontline in Donbass, Ukraine on 14 October, 2021
Image by Ukrainian Presidency

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