I think they’re handling it as well as they can, depending on the circumstances. Write big, what the administration is doing right now is definitely what I’d recommend doing. But I don’t know if we can say whether it will work or not. The real test will take place over a long period of time. I don’t think this will be a short-term crisis.
What do you mean?
Putin has been trying to capture Ukraine for years now. They cut off gas to Ukraine in 2006. He’s been in power for 22 years, and during that time he has influenced Ukraine in one way or another, and it’s only increased over time. time. Putin wants to be the man who, in his view, during his presidency, pulls Ukraine back into Russia’s orbit. And he could be president until 2036, given what might happen to him.
Is this essentially ideological to him, or geopolitical?
It’s about him personally – his heritage, his views on himself, his views on Russian history. Putin clearly sees himself as a major figure in Russian history and is putting himself in the shoes of previous Russian leaders who have tried to rally in what he considers to be Russian soil. Ukraine is the better one, the thing that was thrown away he had to bring back.
And does that mean he’s behaving irrationally here?
No, I don’t think he’s irrational at all, from his perspective. He was in a different frame from where we were. He is living in history and his story of history. He is also part of a larger security group in Russia who oppose NATO expansion; They want America out of Europe.
But it looks like he made his security situation worse.
That is from our perspective, on the outside. We don’t know exactly what he’s talking about internally. In his view right now, he is putting pressure on Ukraine and the Ukrainian economy is being crushed. He got all of our attention. We were all running around doing nothing but talking about him. As he would say, he has now made us listen to him. Whether we hear him on terms he wants us or not is another matter.
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