Nato vs. Russia: who would win?

Moscow's military expansion and threats to Baltic states increase risk of direct conflict with Western alliance

Illustration of NATO and Russian soldiers, vehicles and armaments
Nato member states have plied Kyiv with weapons and punished Russia with the most severe economic sanctions ever imposed on a major economy
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Since Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Nato has scrambled to present a united front against Russian aggression.

Its member states have plied Kyiv with weapons and punished Russia with the most severe economic sanctions ever imposed on a major economy. But they have wavered on Ukraine's bid to join the alliance and remain divided over further financial and military support for the battered country.

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