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Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, December 30, 2014

No to discussions with Moscow

The military doctrine signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last Friday is not as aggressive as expected but that's no cause for relief, the liberal daily Berlingske cautions: "If we want to prevent Russia from redrawing the political map and making Ukraine a vassal state, it's important that Western politicians should not get involved in discussions with Russia about when - or whether - Ukraine will become a Nato member. That's turning things upside down: it's not Nato that's looking for new members, but the other way round: new countries asking to join. Since the end of the Cold War it has been an underlying principle of European security policy that countries should be free to choose their allies. If we let Russia decide Ukraine's fate, we will be putting not only Ukraine's future but also Europe's entire legal system at stake."

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