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Putin Created the Very Pro-Western Ukraine That He Wanted To Avoid | The Red Pen | GZERO Media

Putin is responsible for bloodshed in Ukraine, and Ukraine's pro-Western positions

Does the West ultimately bear the responsibility for the crisis in Ukraine? Political scientist John Mearsheimer argues in a recent op-ed in The Economist that while Vladimir Putin started the war, it was NATO's "reckless" expansion that provoked Russia to attack. In this episode of The Red Pen — where we do our best to keep op-eds honest — Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group analysts Graeme Thompson and Zachary Witlin review Mearsheimer's points and show that nothing the West did, or didn't do, caused Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

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