Is NATO Crowding the Russian Bear Into a Nuclear Corner?

by Ted Galen Carpenter

Western officials who salivate over the prospect of inflicting a decisive, humiliating defeat on Russia in its war with Ukraine remain oblivious to the dangers entailed in that scenario. As I pointed out early in the conflict, Russian leaders consider Ukraine to be the most vital of vital national security interests and they are likely to adopt whatever measures are necessary to prevent such a defeat. Not even the option of using tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine is off the table. So far, the danger of such a potentially catastrophic escalation has remained modest. … Recent developments, though, indicate that the risk is growing.” (05/22/23)