Ukraine’s parliament on June 8 voted to make joining NATO a strategic goal of Ukraine’s foreign policy. It’s about time, as Russia’s war against Ukraine is in its fourth year with no end in sight.

While this is largely a symbolic measure — nobody expects that Ukraine will join the alliance anytime soon — it is at least a sign that the country is at last starting to take its future defense seriously.

After the Soviet Union fell in 1991, the 14 ex-Soviet republics (apart from Russia) broke into two groups — those willing to accept limited sovereignty and regional hegemony by Moscow and those that were not.

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