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Putin's Evolving Strategy in Europe

walenty Wrote: May 09, 2012 3:44 PM
I believe the main Russian objective is the recreation of the Empire: Knowing their country and its history pretty well I am sure they can live poorly but not without an Empire. They will try first to regain control over the old Soviet Republics - Belarus, Ukraine, the Baltic states and so on - and then move towards Poland, Czech Republic and so son. In that noble effort they can always count on the support of America's current Il Duce.
BananaSplit38 Wrote: May 09, 2012 4:20 PM
Your assessment is correct. However, Putin (or anyone else who rules Russia) does not need the assistance of any United States administration to do what it wants to do. Any President of the United States knows that Russia has the same weapons we do, and that any land war with them would result in utter disaster for us. In any event, Russia is not a threat to the United States. They don't need our support or assistance, or permission, or anything else from us.

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