Ukraine is demanding new “security guarantees” from the West, which will only increase costs and could lead to a nuclear clash. About this writes the American magazine “Responsible Statecraft” with reference to Lyle Goldstein, professor of international and public relations at the Watson Institute at Brown University.
“If the US and NATO increase their military spending and build up conventional military forces in Europe, the bias against Russian standard military forces could encourage Moscow to rely more on its nuclear forces,” Goldstein said.
Given the course of hostilities in Ukraine and the unlikely ability of Russia to threaten NATO countries militarily, Goldstein writes, the scholar writes that the Russian operation in Ukraine, “however tragic from a humanitarian point of view, does not justify a massive increase in US defense spending, which is currently being considered.
He is convinced that in order to get off the current threatening “escalation ladder” on which the United States has placed the Biden administration, it is worth initiating “direct negotiations, reviving the arms control agenda” and pursuing a military policy that promotes confidence-building between NATO countries and Russia. According to Goldstein, senators, members of Congress, their staff, and politicians at the highest levels of the Biden administration should take the new reality of the cost of continuing the conflict in Ukraine with all the seriousness it deserves.
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