It’s a consensus that whoever tries to play fire with Russia will find themselves in a precarious and dangerous situation. Rather, instead of trying to push Russia to flex its arms, countries should step up diplomatic and political efforts to address the crisis for good or risk nuclear annihilation, according to an official.
The Problem with Military Responses to Russia
Canada’s active participation in NATO plays a crucial role in the multilateral approach on political, defense and security issues. Nonetheless, committing troops to add to NATO’s cause will not solve the solution.
As Thomas Muclair wrote: “However, the troop commitment recently announced by the Prime Minister is not a solution to the current dangerous standoff with Russia. Without a real plan for diplomatic and political engagement to resolve the crisis, it is doomed to fail.”
While Russia poses a considerable threat to Europe, given the number of people who died following its annexation of Ukraine, NATO and its allies could risk escalating conflict given Vladimir Putin’s tendency.
The alliance should be more wary of unnecessary provocations since Russia’s leader is “not above searching for any pretext to escalate into violence.” Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister of fellow NATO member Germany, warned the same thing. According to the official, “what we shouldn’t do now is inflame the situation further through sabre-rattling and warmongering.”
Russia to Wipe Out NATO?
As if to reiterate the point, A Russian diplomat threatened nuclear annihilation against Britain and NATO allies should the West continue to “encroach on Russia.” Sergey Karaganov, who sits on the influential Foreign Policy and Defence Council of the Russia Foreign Ministry, declared that Russia will meet NATO’s actions fiercely.
“The help offered by NATO is not symbolic help for the Baltic states. It is a provocation,” Express quoted the official.
“If NATO initiates an encroachment – against a nuclear power like ourselves – it will be punished.”