The publication quotes the words of the former commander of the Estonian Defense Forces, General Riho Terrace, who compared the Russian leader to a "street fighter". "Every time there is an opportunity, he takes it. The West is trying to skate, and Putin is playing hockey," he said.
It is noted that Putin once again demonstrated confidence in his abilities during the gas crisis in Europe, when prices for blue fuel set records. The energy crisis clearly demonstrates the extremely powerful weapon that gives Russia a serious advantage in its relations with the EU. "The Kremlin, apparently, is no longer looking for the approval of the West, which allowed Moscow's aggressiveness to grow, failing to influence it," said CNN senior producer Luke McGee.
In turn, Oleg Ignatov, senior analyst at the non-profit organization International Crisis Group in Russia, pointed out that Europe and the West need to rethink their policies in various areas: from energy and foreign interference to state-building. "Ten years ago, this argument was more defensive, because the Kremlin wanted to protect itself from criticism from Western governments or NGOs. But now Russia can claim that the West's policy has failed in Libya, Syria, and now in Afghanistan so much that Russia's approach was actually correct," the expert concluded.
On October 20, Putin spoke at the plenary session of the XVIII annual meeting of the Valdai Club. In particular, he described the situation in the world with the Chinese saying "God forbid to live in an era of change." "But we are already living in it, whether we want it or not," he said. In his opinion, currently socio-economic problems in different countries have worsened to such an extent that in the past there were shocks on a global scale.
In September, the British Daily Mail considered the large-scale joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus a new challenge that Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrown to Western countries. The publication noted that the maneuvers have already caused serious concerns among NATO countries. In particular, the members of the North Atlantic Alliance are alarmed that the exercises will also take place on the territory of Belarus, which in fact is a "quasi-buffer zone" between Russia and Europe.
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