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Vladimir Putin will fail at subduing Ukraine: Francis Fukuyama

'End of History' scholar remains steadfast advocate of liberal democracy

Francis Fukuyama says "there has been a lot of speculation that [Vladimir Putin has] kind of gone crazy," isolated by the COVID epidemic.

WASHINGTON -- Ukraine's push for NATO membership did not prompt Russia to invade it, U.S. political scientist Francis Fukuyama told Nikkei in an interview, positing that Vladimir Putin's motive was his intention to eradicate democracy from Eastern Europe.

It is essential for the world to realize this, he said, because Russia's intentions are much larger than Ukraine.

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