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Opinion: In Ukraine conflict, Putin hits NATO’s credibility

Ukraine Today .org

By Konstantin Eggert. May 13. 2021

Six Russian military ships on the Black Sea

With Ukraine and Georgia seeking membership, NATO will have to choose whether to support the countries or yield to Russia and suffer a crushing political defeat, DW’s Konstantin Eggert writes.

Konstantin Eggert

Vladimir Putin will attack Ukraine not from land, but from the Black Sea, blocking or seizing its ports and creating a land corridor to connect Crimea with Russia. NATO will condemn the Kremlin’s actions, but will not intervene. After all, Ukraine is not a member of the alliance and is not covered by the guarantees of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which assures the members of their collective defense. This is the gist ofa recent Bloomberg Opinion columnby retired US Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s former supreme allied commander in Europe.

The leaders of the so-called Bucharest Nine bloc of “eastern flank” NATO members might have discussed a similar…

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