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In an article for The Conversation, Jeffrey Knopf, professor and program chair of Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, ​​​​​argues that Russia’s likelihood of using chemical weapons in Ukraine is low but not zero.

Russia lacks political and military motivation to use chemical weapons and could be met with international consequences if it chose to use them. Drawing from his expertise on Syria’s civil war, however, Knopf argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use chemical weapons in Ukraine if he feels Russia is on the brink of defeat.

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