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What Putin Had Hoped

Why his war on Ukraine persuaded Finland and Sweden (probably) to seek to join NATO.

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Two days into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the dispatch from Russia’s state-owned news service seemed to reflect Vladimir Putin’s innermost reasoning. A new world is coming into being before our very eyes. Russia’s military operation has opened a new epoch… Russia is recovering its unity – the tragedy of 1991, this horrendous catastrophe in our history, its unnatural caesura, has been overcome. Yes, at a great price, yes through the tragic events of what amounts to a civil war, because now for the time being brothers are shooting one another… but Ukraine as anti-Russia will no longer exist. Instead, the