When Russian troops crossed into Ukraine and illegally annexed Crimea in 2014, Nato was caught flat-footed by Moscow’s sudden and unorthodox military campaign. Now, as Vladimir Putin’s troops continue to lay siege to cities across Ukraine, the Western military alliance is scrambling to avoid a repeat performance. Nato member states have plied Kyiv with “lethal aid”, as well as hitting Russia with the most punishing economic sanctions ever imposed on a major economy. But if the conflict were to escalate further and Nato went head-to-head with Russia, who would emerge victorious?
Recent News. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance remained “vigilant” to Russia’s nuclear status as it continued “losing on the battlefield” in Ukraine. He told a news conference on Wednesday in Brussels that while there have been no changes to Moscow’s “posture”, its veiled threats of nuclear attack were “dangerous and irresponsible”. He added that Ukraine currently “has the momentum” and as it makes “significant gains”, the Kremlin is “resorting to horrifying and indiscriminate attacks” on civilian targets.
In the same conference, Stoltenberg addressed the possible Russian sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea in September. He said the alliance would present a “united and determined response” if Moscow carried out a deliberate attack on Western infrastructure, including cyber-attacks.