PARIS – For the prime minister of Lithuania – and Lithuania knows something about life in Moscow’s orders – President Vladimir V. Putin’s dismissal of Ukraine’s state power, is used to justify sending in the army. Russia into the eastern part of that state, “putting Kafka and Orwell to shame.”
Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte spoke of Putin’s threatening explanation on Monday of his decision to recognize two breakaway regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk. But if the speech revived the doubled voice of the Soviet Union, more than 30 years after its disintegration, would it rekindle the threat posed by the Soviet Union and the Cold War that came with it?
On many levels, the challenge that Putin’s restorationist Russia poses to the West is different. This Russia makes no pretense of a global ideology. The Cold War depended on closed systems; Computer technology put an end to that. No Soviet tank was ready to roll across the plains of Prussia and absorb all of Europe in a dictatorial empire. Nuclear Armageddon is not on the table.
However, perhaps because of the way he prepared the ground for an all-out war, saying that Russia has “every right to take retaliatory measures” against what he calls a fictitious country run by terrorists. us Europe’s darkest day. He set a milestone, establishing the outer limit of all Europe and freedom in 1989.
The Russian President’s aggressive move is a slap in the face to President Emmanuel Macron of France, who has spearheaded efforts to engage with Russia, and at least for now, the idea of some security architecture. European security is reconfigured.
Instead, divisions and confrontations have emerged in a world marked by what Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called “President Putin’s blatant disrespect for international law and norms economic”. The White House called the Russian move “the beginning of an invasion”.
China, straddling the line between support for Putin and support for the territorial integrity of sovereign states, has refused to criticize Russia, saying those standards must be met. be maintained. However, in a month as Russia and China fortify their “unlimited” friendship, Putin’s order to deploy troops to Ukraine shows Russia’s military might as well as its economic and ideological might. of China can form a powerful anti-democratic front.
President Biden often refers to the “inflection point” between liberal democracy and the autocratic system. Currently, that point appears to be in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of a country whose name means border region.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/world/europe/the-limits-of-a-europe-whole-and-free.html The limits of an integral and free Europe.