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The Ukraine-Russia standoff is a troubling watershed moment for NATO

The Ukraine-Russia standoff is a troubling watershed moment for NATO

A Ukrainian serviceman walks on a frontline position in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.
(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Thomas Hughes, Queen’s University, Ontario

The escalating tensions among Russia, Ukraine and its allies represents a monumental challenge for the international community while also creating a political environment that could violently upend the way security is approached.

The very real risk of warfare between the military forces of Russia and Ukraine is the primary focus. But for Canada and its allies, this conflict is not only about Ukrainian sovereignty, but also the structure of NATO and the viability of the rules that govern international activities.

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