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How Russia Could Benefit from Ukraine’s NATO Membership

Not in their name: a Russian protester in Nizhny Novgorod carries a Ukrainian flag during demonstrations against the invasion in February 2022. Image: Associated Press / Alamy

While Russian leaders have cited NATO enlargement as a justification for invading Ukraine, ordinary Russians have much to gain from Ukrainian membership. Ukraine’s accession would force the Kremlin to shed its addiction to military spending, rejoin the global economy, and dissuade future autocrats from pursuing a revanchist agenda.

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Konstantin Sonin

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