Canada can either stand on the sidelines or seek influence over NATO as it prepares to mount a special force in Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Senior Fellow Christian Leuprecht told the Current on CBC Radio One.

Canada would join the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany in contributing to battalions sent to countries just to the west of Russia.

Leuprecht believes NATO’s move into Eastern Europe has the potential to stop any aggressive moves Russia might be considering.

"Sending a battalion is about the smallest commitment that NATO can reasonably make to look credible without really going beyond needlessly agitating Russia."

Leuprecht also spoke with many CBC Radio One stations about border security measures.

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