The unprecedented decision by Russia to sever direct diplomatic ties with NATO demonstrates that Moscow no longer cares what the West thinks.

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The unprecedented decision by Russia to sever direct diplomatic ties with NATO demonstrates that Moscow no longer cares what the West thinks.

By Paul Robinson, a University of Ottawa professor. He is the author of the Irrussianality blog, which focuses on Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics. The reconciliation with the West appears to be dead and buried. From next month, Russia will remove its envoy from Brussels and send NATO’s mission in Moscow home. The spat erupted after the US-led group announced it would expel nearly half of Russia’s envoys, allegedly due to unfounded charges of “espionage.” Groups, one might think, would make better decisions.

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