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Vladimir Putin’s gift to NATO

Vladimir Putin hoped the invasion of Ukraine would break up NATO, but the alliance has been energized and is now poised to expand. It reminds us that the bloc’s growth is a response – not the cause – to Russia’s aggression.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said last week that Helsinki would decide on its NATO membership application in the coming weeks. The country’s parliament is due to debate this week. Neighboring Sweden also looks likely to apply, with local media suggesting Stockholm could pursue membership within months.