Russia has deployed two advanced missile systems to its far-west territory of Kaliningrad in a direct response to NATO expansion in eastern Europe. A Russian deployment of S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander balistic missiles to Kaliningrad, with its proximity to NATO member states, will undoubtedly heighten concerns among leaders of the transatlantic security alliance, who were already nervous over incoming American leader Donald Trump’s commitment to their collective defense pact. In this edition of the debate, we’ll further examine how far each side will go in their confrontation, and how close a military encounter exists between the two.
– International Relations and Security Analyst, Mark Sleboda
– Senior Analyst, Foreign Policy in Focus, Ian Williams