Since at least 2008, he has been striving to ‘Make Russia Great Again’ through the old Tsarist gambit of ‘strategic depth.’
Opinion in the region is far from monolithic – but with a widespread expectation that the conflict could spread beyond its current borders.
As events in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia show, the edifice that Putin has painstakingly put in place is now in the greatest of danger.
A mini-series on ConHome this week from the author of works about new Russian warfare and Kremlin Ukraine activity.
Although we should arm Ukraine, we should not fan the flames of a wider European war – but tighten our economic grip in a way never before seen.
Though micro-measures aimed at those responsible might work: travel bans, asset seizures, arrest warrants.
It is shameful that Britain has never acknowledged the Turkish genocide of more than a million Armenians just over a century ago.
Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom joined the USA in condemning moves to shut down free and fair elections in Hong Kong.
The opposition has already demonstrated their courage and fortitude. By all indications, for Europe’s last dictatorship, change is finally coming.
The question now is now whether this further response to Russian activity is needed. Opinion is certainly beginning to move in this direction.
The 2008 war was an illustration of the serious threat the Kremlin posed. It went unheeded, and so Russia has repeated the trick.
It’s important that Party members have a correct understanding.
The two battered main parties would do well to speak honestly about the challenges and costs we face.