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The Sirens of Appeasement

Arguments that Ukraine should be pushed to negotiate a peace settlement with Russia are music to Vladimir Putin’s ears. In annexing large swaths of Ukrainian territory through sham referendums and arguing that Ukraine is effectively a fake country, Putin has made no secret of his ultimate intentions.

TBILISI – Wars are easier to start than to finish, and their finale rarely follows any prescribed script. But if you are the aggressor, a clear zero-sum victory is rarely an option.