PONARS Eurasia annual conference (2)

On 18-19 of September Polina Sinovets, Head of Odessa Center for Nonproliferation took part at PONARS Eurasia annual conference. She argued that nuclear weapon posturing occupies a central place in Russia's “hybrid” war on Ukraine. The Kremlin's aim is to use its nuclear capability as a means to draw a solid red line against the geopolitical expansion of the West. The implications of this posturing is clear: Russia will employ the full spectrum of its capabilities to deter intervention by outside actors in its sphere of vital interests. The risk is that Putin, like his predecessor Nikita Khrushchev in 1962, might lose his sense of limits, putting global stability at risk.