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Published on: March 10, 2014
The Ukraine Crisis
Falling into Putin’s Trap

Until now, stunned and appalled, the West has been merely reacting to the Kremlin’s moves, however belatedly or inadequately. But now, heading into the March 16 referendum, the liberal democracies seem prepared to accept the Russian annexation of Crimea as a fait accompli.

Lilia Shevtsova, an AI editorial board member, is senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
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