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Putin's claim that NATO threatens Russia is a self-fulfilling prophecy

Moscow's actions have only solidified Ukraine's desire to join Western alliance

| Russia & Caucasus
A demonstrator waves a NATO flag in front of the Georgian Parliament's building in Tbilisi in July 2019: bing part of the Western alliance was the best hope of defending the country's sovereignty.   © AP

Andrew North is a journalist who covers Afghanistan and the Caucasus. He is based in Tbilisi.

The NATO flag, with its muscular-looking four-pointed star, is an unlikely protest symbol. So, too, the logo of that other cornerstone of the Western politico-economic alliance: the European Union's yellow stars on blue.

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