We could hoist Vlad' with his own petard there and tell the influx that we're starving and resorting to cannibalism but there's plenty to go around in Russia, as per today's propaganda (see upthread), if you'd all like to veer sharply right and march full ahead steadily eastwards, ta very much.The Russian leadership have been proven not to give a shit about innocent people, so destabilising an entire continent cause European countries to experience an influx of migrants and an upsurge in terrorism as a way of stopping interference in what they consider their affairs, would appeal. It would also interrupt the supply of minerals to the West and give Beijing a free hand.
I hope that forthcoming NATO activities in the Baltic and the Mediterranean will divert Russian naval and air forces and make the limits of Moscow's power, against those they cannot surround, clear to everyone.
It was only a few years ago that SACEUR described the threat to Europe being the three Rs - Russians, Radicals, and Refugees. Did anyone listen?
I'm saying that he's failing to give credit where it's due, and (actually) he wasn't so much leading the COVID response, as hogging the limelight.And that's exactly what a good leader does, listen to his experts and advisors, formulate/sign off on a plan and have it carried out.
Or are you saying that his advisors and civil servants are responsible for the mistakes his government has made or is that on his head alone?
I do not know for sure and someone hopefully on here will know but would not the preponderance of Russian supporters in Crimea simply be down to the Russian military having had such a large presence in the area, troops, marines sailors and dependents etc and the displacement of the Ukrainian supporting population by oppression and bigotry?
As well.Surely you are not saying that a goal of Russian disinformation is to cause panic buying and resultant shortages?
Oddly the US authorities have just agreed to allow baby formula to be imported from the UK, Australia and Germany
Which would be advantageous to Putin and his cronies. As ex KGB making trouble would have been something of which he has experience.
I think you are broadly correct which is one of the reasons that the civilised world let the war criminal Putin get away with it.No. Crimea has been part of Russia proper for centuries, and a selection of tsars up to Stalin had Russification programmes that essentially cleansed the native Tartar Turk population.
Crimea was Russian until Kruschev gave it to Ukraine only in the 50s, and has always hosted the Russian fleet and significant ground military forces. Even before 2014 there was a massive independence/pro Russian movement there. As much as I hate to see Russia gain something from its aggression, Crimea isn’t going back. The people genuinely feel Russian. And the few that don’t have already left.