Russia’s ‘spring’ of 2014

This source preferred by Sascha-Dominik Bachmann

Authors: Bachmann, S.

Publisher: Oxford University Blog

Place of Publication: OUP Blog

Russia’s offensive policy of territorial annexation (of the Crimea), the threat of using military force and the actual support of separatist groups on the territory of Ukraine has left the West and NATO practically helpless to respond. NATO seems to be unwilling to agree on a more robust response, thus revealing a political division among its member states. This unwillingness can partly be explained with Europe’s dependency on Russian gas supplies but also in the recognition of legal limitations and considerations, such as NATO’s Article 5 (which only authorizes the use of collective self defence in cases of an attack on a NATO member state). - See more at:

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