Russia - Ukraine
While the world has been avidly observing Russia’s massing of troops near the Ukrainian border, a major political event has passed by relatively unnoticed. This was Russia’s quiet declaration in November — at the beginning of its current military build-up — that it had signed a new security doctrine with neighboring Belarus. This may seem unimportant relative to the developing situation in Ukraine, but it is no less significant. In fact, this new stage of their security relationship may have far greater implications for NATO than the current tensions.