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Ukraine’s Western friends claim that they are protecting the country by defending its right to join NATO.

The opposite is true. In defending a theoretical right, they are jeopardizing Ukraine’s security by raising the likelihood of a Russian invasion. Ukraine’s independence could be defended far more effectively by reaching a diplomatic agreement with Russia that guarantees Ukraine’s sovereignty as a non-NATO country, akin to Austria, Finland and Sweden (all members of the European Union but not of NATO).

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