Is the threat of war in the middle of Europe receding or simply at a lull? Russia says it’s drawing down the troops massed at Ukraine’s border; the West is sceptical.
With the forces and weapons still in place, Russia retains the ability to launch a full fledged invasion, according to NATO. Yet President Putin says he’s ready to give diplomacy a chance. It fell to Germany’s Chancellor to decipher the mixed messages as he visited the Kremlin this week.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes game. With Russian troops surrounding Ukraine, will threats get him what he wants? Our guests: Alexander Rahr, Russia expert, Regina Heller, Peace Researcher (IFSH), Roman Goncharenko (DW)
00:00 “Putin’s Poker: Everybody loses?”
01:55 Is a Russian invasion in Ukraine still imminent?
06:05 Putin will stick to his key issues
07:20 It’s about more than the Russia-Ukraine conflict
08:00 NATO’s eastern expansion
10:15 What will happen in Eastern Ukraine?
16:17 How unified is the West?
18:00 Does Ukraine feel supported by the West?
20:23 How would the West respond in case of a Russian invasion?
22:40 The complex challenge of a new security architecture for Europe
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