No escalation this time: How does NATO deal with Russia?

All it takes is a spark. After a day of Russian missiles raining down across Ukraine, two projectiles landed across the border in a Polish farming village, killing two people. We gauge the evidence and the latest reactions from NATO HQ where, according to its Article 5, an attack on one is an attack on all.

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How close did they get to Article 5 this time? Never during the Cold War did the West engage in active combat with the Soviet Union. Does Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and his subsequent battlefield setbacks arguably make this a more volatile moment than any time since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis?

Europe is taking no chances. It has now increased defense spending, with EU countries even mulling the idea of ​​pooling their purchases of military hardware. Does Europe have the means and determination if the conflict spirals? How all-in must Ukraine’s allies go to ensure lasting peace? For example, can they talk detente and Black Sea grain exports when the Kremlin is bombing Ukrainian cities in the middle of a G20 summit?

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