The Biden administration could face two major international crises “at any moment,” journalist and historian Anne Applebaum said Saturday. One of those would be a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the other another Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the moment, the latter looks closer to reality, with an “unusual number” of Russian forces heading to the Ukrainian border and cease-fire agreements being violated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, Foreign Policy reports.
America and its allies are taking the threat seriously. Boris Ruge, the vice chair of the Munich Security Conference, said Saturday that “there will be a price to pay” if Russia escalates, alluding to “consequences” for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.