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In the light of the current Russian invasion in Ukraine, we should keep our eyes on the East. International political and economic alliances have always been essential for nation states to ensure stability and foster prosperity. Regional economic and military alliances became inevitable after World Wars, especially for Europe where interdependence of states was higher than e.g. in the USA.
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Putin’s invasion of Ukraine prompted unprecedented Western response: coordinated sanctions, private sectors’ engagement, and sophisticated lawfare – legal actions meant not only to protect the citizens but the principles of the democratic, rights-and-value-based societies. Impressive as it may sound, it’s ineffective. Neither Russia nor Putin need to fear any immediate legal ramifications.