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Putin's war in Ukraine has deepened ASEAN disunity

10-member bloc needs to find a way to accommodate opposing points of view

Vladimir Putin speaks during an event on the sidelines of the ASEAN-East Asia summit in October 2021: This is a time of existential crisis for ASEAN where fudging and muddling may not get by. (Handout photo from Brunei ASEAN Summit)   © AP

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is a professor and director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of political science in Bangkok.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's unilateral decision to invade Ukraine on Feb. 24 has further divided the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, exacerbating existing tensions over other key challenges and compounding internal divisions.

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