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Thousands of Russian troops remain deployed on Ukraine's eastern border; every day, there are new reports of unrest inside Ukraine, many of the events allegedly instigated by Russia.We need to move quickly to understand what recent events imply about Russia, its president, Vladimir Putin, and the international order. Putin wants to restore Russia to what he regards as its rightful place in the world. As a result, the Russian president can be expected to continue to interfere in Ukraine for as long as he can – and so long as it serves his aim of strengthening his grip on power at home.Countering Russian interference in Ukraine does not warrant incorporating Ukraine into NATO. Barack Obama was correct in describing Russia as a regional rather than a global power – on its periphery, it is strong, and it has a substantial stake in Ukraine's future.Another option is to prepare a new round of economic sanctions against Russia – far stronger than those that were introduced following Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea.The strategy needed to resist Putin's efforts to expand Russia's influence beyond its borders – and to induce change within – resembles nothing so much as the "containment" doctrine that guided Western policy for the four decades of the Cold War.
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