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If Russia takes over all or much of Ukraine, as seems increasingly likely, should its other neighbors be worried? That was a rhetorical question.

In fact, Lithuania and the other Baltics are already feeling the heat. Alex Botting sees Russia's increasing turn to imperialism in the West partly as a response to Chinese pressure in Central Asia. Russia can't compete with China militarily or economically, but Europe is both rich and weak - a fat sheep in a world of lean and hungry wolves.

Can Europe unite and rouse itself from its torpor to defend itself? It might not have a lot of time.

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