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Calling Putin’s bluff: local experts explain why EU should accept Ukraine candidacy

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NBC Boston, April 2022

In order to “call Putin’s bluff,” local experts say the European Union should fast-track Ukraine’s candidacy as the country’s president offers up neutrality. Diplomats from Ukraine and Russia have recently been holding peace talks in Turkey. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said his country is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia, but has left E.U. candidacy and membership on the table.

Harvard scholar Oleh Kotsyuba and Northeastern University professors Mai’a Cross and Pablo Calderon explained Wednesday how Zelenskyy can call Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bluff by joining the E.U. on NBC10 Boston’s weekly series, “Russia-Ukraine Q&A.”

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