Deterring Russia after Ukraine: CEE Divided on the Future of NATO Policy

Author
Artur Kacprzyk
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
In the context of the Ukraine crisis, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Romania have called for significant strengthening of NATO’s deterrence and defence policy and for permanent deployments of Allied troops in the region. This position is, however, not shared by the rest of the Central and Eastern European NATO members. Similar to Western European countries, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia do not feel as threatened by Russia’s actions and do not support moves that could damage their political and economic relations with Moscow. Fundamental differences among the current positions of the regional Allies indicate a profound divide between Central and Eastern European NATO members.
Topic
Defense Policy, NATO, Economics, Politics, Regional Cooperation
Political Geography
Russia, Ukraine