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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A Response

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I am much obliged to Anuradha M Chenoy for her detailed response (EPW, 4 November 2023) to my comments (EPW, 28 October 2023) on her article (EPW, 9 September 2023) on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I address her points in the reverse order.

Chenoy briefly attempts to show that Russia’s security concerns were not merely “imagined,” by asking a question: Why should “a nuclear-powered US [need] to continuously” (p 5) enlarge the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to reach Russia’s borders? One obvious distinction is that NATO accession is voluntary, but invasion is typically not. Mexico has the right to seek admission to Russia’s Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO); Ukraine has the right to seek admission to NATO; and nobody has the right to invade on such a basis. Moreover, I hardly claim that, for example, the admission of Estonia was essential to United States (US) security; at most, following Estonia’s accession to NATO, the US credibility relies on coming to its defence, if necessary. Unless Chenoy disagrees, it is she, not I, who risks inconsistency.

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Updated On : 5th Dec, 2023
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