Is Russia bluffing or perhaps misunderstanding Ukraine?
Is Russia bluffing or perhaps misunderstanding Ukraine?
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Is Russia bluffing or perhaps misunderstanding Ukraine?

In this short interview, Crisis Group's ECA Director Olga Oliker explains why she thinks Russia's building up of forces near Ukraine may not be a bluff, but rather the result of Moscow misunderstanding of Ukraine.

Russia has been building up forces near Ukraine for several months, but there are some voices that claim that the implicit threat of military action is a bluff.

In this short interview, Crisis Group's Program Director for Europe and Central Asia Olga Oliker explains why she thinks this may not be a bluff, but rather the result of Moscow misunderstanding of Ukraine. Nevertheless, she says that since the current European security order is clearly not working, at least for Russia, a new order should be discussed.

Read Crisis Group's latest Q&A on the Ukraine-Russia crisis here.