Three Reasons Russia Invaded Ukraine — It’s Not About NATO

Mark Timberlake
Predict
Published in
10 min readMar 22, 2022

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While media reports refer to Russia’s concerns over the expansion of NATO, Russia’s economic security, and dramatic population decline may be driving Putin’s anxiety over Ukraine.

The Russian annexation of Crimea was triggered when Ukraine was about to sign the Association Agreement with the EU that would have resulted in a free-trade deal between the EU and…

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Mark Timberlake
Predict

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