‘We don’t need to panic’: US and European powers alarmed by growing ‘danger’ from Putin’s Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on domestic dissidents and military buildup along Ukraine’s border is driving relations between Moscow and the Western powers toward a perilous inflection point, according to U.S. and European officials.

“With Putin, we don’t have luxury to be naive,” a Baltic official said. “We don’t need to panic, we don’t need sabre-rattling, but we need to be very firm and consistent.”

A cascade of crises has erupted between Putin’s government and capitals across NATO, with the newest centered on Prague, where Czech officials decided to expel 18 Russian officials attached to the embassy in retaliation for an alleged Russian intelligence operation that
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