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It’s Not NATO Putin Fears, It’s Western-Style Nationalism

To Putin and his inner circle who keep him in power, the prospect that the people of Ukraine

would choose not only to break away from Mother Russia, but to edge ever closer to the West, is unthinkable and intolerable. It’s not about any imagined military threat from NATO: It’s about the very real fear that Ukraine is breaking free of its Russian roots to build the democratic structures of a Westward-looking nation state.

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