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Putin renews his fear of NATO

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In his first meeting with NATO allies, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin asserted that Russia is a threat that will be held to account for its "reckless and aggressive actions."

As the world’s strongest organization, both militarily and politically, NATO can indeed effectively counter Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime. The centerpiece of that countering effort remains NATO's assurance of the national independence of all European states.

The Kremlin's fears about the NATO alliance are rooted in profound anxieties about Putin’s political future. Putin has increasingly anchored his domestic legitimacy on restoring Russia’s great power status and dominating wayward neighbors. Such neoimperial aspirations are blocked when countries enter NATO and benefit from its core principle of mutual defense. By including new members, NATO diminishes Moscow’s ability to control the security and foreign policies of former satellites.

The Kremlin manufactures a thick mist of disinformation about NATO to disguise its expansionist policies. Lurking behind its propaganda offensive is a........

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