February 08, 2023

Military Briefing: What the West’s Shifting Red Lines Mean for Ukraine

Source: Financial Times

Journalists: Felicia Schwartz, Ben Hall

Washington’s constant redefinition of which weapons systems would escalate the conflict serves a purpose, some analysts said.

“The administration and European allies believe this approach of incrementalism has been a really effective way to tamp down the risk of escalation and to prevent a direct US-Russia military confrontation,” said Andrea Kendall-Taylor, director of transatlantic security at Washington think-tank Center for New American Security. “In many ways it’s like the frog in a boiling pot of water.”

However, the shifting red lines do not guarantee that the next big-ticket item sought by Ukraine, F-16 fighter jets, is within reach. US President Joe Biden, asked last week if the US would provide them, simply responded “No”.

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  • Andrea Kendall-Taylor

    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS. She works on national security challenges facing the United States and Eur...