Poking a wounded bear: What happens if Sweden and Finland join NATO?

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As the Scandinavian countries prepare to apply for membership, with Moldova and Georgia waiting in the wings, how will Russia react – and what hope is there for Ukraine?

At the outset of the cold war, the distinguished American diplomat George Kennan brilliantly analysed Soviet motives and political perspective: they were, he said, an unholy combination of communist ideology, traditional Russian insecurity, and tsarist expansionism.

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