Defense, Europe, Power & Security, Russia Can Russia be stopped?

January 27, 2022
By Kristen de Groot | Penn Today

With Russia amassing more than 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine, diplomatic talks seemingly stalled, and the United States pulling embassy staff out of the capital city of Kyiv, the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine looms over the region and globe.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains he has no plans to attack the former Soviet state, President Biden and other Western leaders have said Putin seems intent on acting. They vow that Russia will pay a heavy price for any invasion, including possible sanctions on Putin himself.

What exactly does Putin want, and what would an invasion in Ukraine mean for peace and security in Europe and beyond?

Alexander Vershbow, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Perry World House Distinguished Visiting Fellow, tackled those questions and more in a conversation at Perry World House this week, moderated by Trudy Rubin, Perry World House Visiting Fellow and foreign affairs columnist and a member of the editorial board at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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