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President Vladimir Putin's focus is to transform the identity of Russia, deepening its rift with the West (photo:dpa)

Time is running out for the West to engage with Russia

The Helsinki Agreement and Charter of Paris set the foundations to end Cold War tensions and create a peaceful and cooperative new order for Europe. Respect for national frontiers, territorial integrity and peaceful settlements of disputes, was key. But as the Soviet Union saw its final days, European leaders met to form a European Union built on common European values. From Russia’s point of view today, this is where it all went wrong.

THE STAND-OFF between Russia and the West over Ukraine shows little sign of abating. A negotiated settlement is not likely to be reached soon. In the meantime continued destruction and loss of life will produce a steady rise in mutual animosity. The re...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The real danger is that the world is witnessing the birth of a new security order for Europe
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