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As the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen with Russia stepping up its military aggression, and as rhetoric between the West and Russia escalated during the recent G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, several voices in the West are now calling for a grand bargain with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But such a deal would only make things worse. The West should instead boost its assistance to Ukraine and put more pressure on Moscow.

The proponents of striking a deal with Russia over Ukraine have varied reasons. Some of them are pure Putin apologists and should thus be immediately dismissed. Others are well-known experts frustrated with the failings of the current Western strategy. They argue for a deal out of necessity for the sake of saving Ukraine and salvaging the West’s own deteriorating relationship with Moscow.

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