Policy, Guns and Money: Russia–Ukraine tensions and Australia–Korea defence deal

Russia’s military build-up along the country’s border with Ukraine has seen tensions rise between the two countries, leading the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom to warn Moscow against invasion. The Strategist’s Anastasia Kapetas speaks to Russia expert Mark Galeotti from University College London about the likelihood of a conflict, Russia’s diplomacy approaches, President Vladimir Putin’s game plan, and what the objective would be if Russia were to invade Ukraine.

This week, South Korea and Australia signed a billion-dollar weapons contract, making it one of Australia’s largest-ever military deals with an Asian nation. ASPI’s Marcus Hellyer and Michael Shoebridge discuss what the defence contract entails and how this new partnership will influence strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.