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"Russia and NATO: How to talk to Mr. Putin; Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine has created a chance to enhance the security of Europe" - SCW Newswatch: The Economist

The Economist reports on some of the issues potentially at stake in U.S. and NATO negotiations with Russia amidst an expanded Russian military buildup near Ukraine.

"... Perhaps [Putin] wants Ukraine to fail because, were it to become a thriving democracy, it would ... rebuke ... his claim that Western values are unworkable in Orthodox, Slavic Russia. He may also intend to divide and weaken NATO ... [and] to create an enemy abroad ... to justify repression at home .... But ... Ukraine is as populous as Iraq. ... [H]olding swathes of territory there could come at a high price .... And [meanwhile] in Kazakhstan ... Putin is being asked to help crush a popular uprising .... [H]is aggression has united NATO and given it new purpose. ... [Meanwhile] [h]is willingness to see ... Russian gas [prices] surge in Europe in 2021 [undermines those in the West calling for closer ties]. ... "

The Economist editors also argue that Russia should be reminded that Russia does not have a veto on NATO invitations and membership for third parties. They also call on NATO to be prepared to defend its members, especially weaker members like the Baltic states, for whom NATO started preparing stronger joint defense efforts after Russian agression against Ukraine. Suggesting that Russia is driving Sweden and Finland towards NATO membership, the editors call for NATO to be ready to welcome them.

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