Would Russia dare to invade a NATO country, many Minnesotans are wondering after President Biden clearly outlined the consequences in his State of the Union address.   U-of-M political science Associate Professor Kathleen Collins says for now Russian President Vladimir Putin has “bitten off more than he can chew” in Ukraine, but Collins says it’s “certainly conceivable” that long term his goal is to roll back NATO’s borders:

“That’s something we need to be incredibly concerned about, we need to prepare for.  We need to bolster our defenses which have been far too weak, particularly in the East European countries and the Baltic Republics.”

Collins says NATO members must show much more consistent, unified force — and greater cohesion and coordination — to stave off any potential threat from Russia