Russia Looking Beyond Ukraine in Its Hegemonic War

Concerns are mounting both domestically and internationally that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop his aggression, even after capturing Ukraine.

Experts believe once Putin takes Ukraine, he will set his eyes on a new target in Europe.

Putin doing his homework better than Biden

Former US defense intelligence agency officer, Rebekah Koffler, who also wrote the book Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America, noted the United States must adopt a “deterrent strategy,” along with its European allies, in order to counter Russian aggression.

“Vladimir Putin” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Global Panorama

She suggested such a strategy would be a Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine, which would not let Russia practice aggression against the United States’ interests. 

Likewise, Koffler stated Russia is ahead of America on various issues because Putin does his “homework” better than anybody else. 

Thus, the defense official indicated the United States could also counter Putin if it starts to do its homework again; this way, Russia can be tackled both intellectually and financially.

While speaking about Putin’s predictions concerning the inevitability of a war between America and Russia, Koffler stated NATO should step in with its defense plan, so Russian efforts could be stopped.

 

Russia is seeing beyond Ukraine in this war

Meanwhile, Poland’s ambassador to the United States holds similar views regarding Putin’s ambitions in Europe.

Speaking to Fox News, he stated chronic economic sanctions that could last as long as a whole decade can weaken Putin’s regime, which is willing to look beyond Ukraine otherwise.

According to Polish ambassador Marek Magierowski, Ukraine is not the last item on Putin’s menu; so long-term sanctions should be considered against Russia.

The ambassador also noted Poland is increasing its military budget to three percent of the GDP of the country, amid rising Russian threats.

No one has any doubt about the neo-imperial missions of Russia; so the invasion of other countries could also be a matter of time, the ambassador continued.

As Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with American senators virtually on Saturday, he made a desperate plea to get more aid in order to avert these crises. 

Magierowski also reiterated Zelenskyy’s comments, stating Ukraine needs more military support to stand a chance in this asymmetrical warfare.

As Ukraine is not a member of NATO, the alliance cannot defend it legally; however, it still has ways to deliver weapons to the war-torn nation without breaching any international rule, the ambassador stated.

Poland is currently navigating troubled waters, due to an unprecedented influx of immigrants who are coming to flee Russian aggression.

According to the Polish ambassador, despite getting too many immigrants, the country has not established even a single refugee camp. 

Reportedly, Polish people have been welcoming these refugees by giving them residences at their own places.

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