NATO expansion and the origins of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Branko Marcetic

“Eight months into the war in Ukraine, a consensus seems to have solidified among the U.S. commentariat: NATO expansion and years of U.S. policy had little or no role to play in Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, which was instead entirely based on imperial pathologies of Putin’s Russia. … To be sure, Putin and other Russian elites clearly do have a skeptical view of Ukraine’s independence and its people’s separateness from Russia. And in any war, you’ll find a tapestry of different factors that have led to its outbreak. But looking at the evidence, it’s hard to deny NATO and its increasing encroachment into what the Kremlin sees as its sphere of influence was central to the road to war.” (11/18/22)