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The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski (5): Russia and Ukraine

From ‘The Grand Chessboard’ (1997) by Zbigniew Brzezinski,

Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.