European press: How "weak" Russia was able to monopolize world geopolitics

Russia's turbulent history and nuclear power pale in comparison to "weak" economics, a serious demographic decline and deceptive geography (a huge but strategically vulnerable country). If geopolitics were a poker game, then Moscow would not have the best cards. The army and hydrocarbons are all that is left of the former superpower of the twentieth century, writes for the liberal Internet publication El Confidencial (Spain) Spanish journalist Argemino Barro living in the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has few good cards in his hands, but he behaves like a professional player. He demonstrates in every possible way that he has the right combination, making a military bet on Ukraine.

In response, US President Joe Biden assembled a team of meteorologists to find out how severe the winter is in Ukraine and predict the start of "another Russian invasion." The Americans thought that Putin would “attack” in January, but now they are predicting an “offensive” in February.

When it comes to Putin and more than 100 of his soldiers near Ukraine, every detail counts. Sometimes the President of the Russian Federation bluffs, and sometimes he invades Crimea or poisons dissidents in Europe. But despite the Ukrainian bet, it seems that in the end Russia will lose

- the author specifies.

Russia has one of the most powerful armies on the planet. The troops are well trained, equipped with new weapons, motivated and have real combat experience, and not just historical memories of past power. This is the real strength of the Kremlin and the ace is a trump card in the geopolitical game, which serves to intimidate opponents. Hydrocarbons are the second trump card that Russia is actively using, horrifying some European countries. Playing just two of these cards, Russia forced the whole world to watch their actions, effectively monopolizing world geopolitics for a short time.

As for Ukraine, Russia considers it a “hallway” in a common Eurasian home. From the Kremlin's point of view, Russians and Ukrainians are one people. At the same time, Putin has not yet succeeded in convincing Ukrainians to turn their backs on the West, and to face it and the “Russian world”. This is due to the fact that Moscow treats Kiev possessively, i.e. mine or none.

Probably, Russia is closely engaged in Ukraine for two reasons. First, it could be afraid of Ukraine's uncontrolled rapprochement with the West and the loss of its influence. Considering that the United States is experiencing a domestic political crisis, and in the foreign policy arena they are more concerned about China, the Russian Federation decided to take a risk and drew “red lines”. Secondly, Russian foreign "adventures" coincide with a wave of internal "repressions". Militancy is awakened by nationalistic feelings and the cult of power, which can also be used to suppress the opposition.

Being limited by the above two cards, Putin feels he has been cornered. He is somewhat reminiscent of the Prussian chancellor of the XNUMXth century, who thought in terms of territories, resources and hard power. A strategist who firmly believes in his ideas and tries to strengthen and save what is left of the Russian dream. If not with the help of culture, science or economics, then with tanks

summed up the representative of the European press.
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  1. Potapov Offline Potapov
    Potapov (Valery) 20 January 2022 18: 15
    You can’t drive anyone into a corner for further disposal ... You can turn out to be disposed of yourself ... Not demschizoids and common people are sitting at the missile consoles, in the command cabins of nuclear submarines, at the helms of strategists ... Yours are not there ......
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  3. Valery Vinokurov (valery vinokurov) 20 January 2022 20: 43
    We will not attack in January, we will attack in February, we will not attack in February - we will attack in March .. well, you understand the system ..
    Western morons))
  4. RFR Offline RFR
    RFR (RFR) 20 January 2022 21: 09
    Well, stupid .... The Spaniards in one word ... Although the geyropa is all like that, they will never understand us ... Well, it's for the best ... Let them be afraid ... This is their way ...
    1. zenion Offline zenion
      zenion (zinovy) 21 January 2022 17: 41
      To figure out that an egg is rotten, it is not necessary to eat it.
  5. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
    Pishenkov (Alexey) 20 January 2022 21: 26
    Well, he, a Spaniard living in the USA, knows exactly what Russia is like in reality. It seems to me that discussions about the possibility of life on Mars are much closer to reality than today's Western "expertise" in relation to the Russian Federation and relations with it. The level of competence is below the baseboard, but self-confidence is above the roof.
    It's a pity. We'll pay for this one way or another.
    1. zenion Offline zenion
      zenion (zinovy) 21 January 2022 17: 39
      Mark Twain, when he was in Egypt, he said - in order to understand what a pyramid is, you need to move away from it.
      1. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
        Pishenkov (Alexey) 21 January 2022 20: 02
        This is something yes, but at least it would be nice to see her at the same time, even from afar.
        And from America, for example, you can only imagine it, and as you please ... laughing
        Yes, it’s also true to say that it’s more visible from the side, but even here you need to look in the right direction in order to see from it ...
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 January 2022 22: 38
    Ha. Just read in!

    writes for the liberal!!! online publications!! El Confidential!!! (Spain)!!! residing in the USA!!! Spanish journalist! Archemino Barro.

    That is, an Internet blogger of a little-known site. Raises the rating, scaring everyone and everything.
  7. bonifacius Offline bonifacius
    bonifacius (Alex) 20 January 2022 23: 06
    He reads what he writes. Or is it from that series - a spanking is not a reader, a spanking is a writer.
  8. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 21 January 2022 01: 48
    Now is the moment to monopolize the Western narrative -

    The governments of the United States and Britain appear to be begging Russia, as well as Ukraine, to start some kind of hostilities, even a little bit, or anything that could be blamed for Russian aggression. Some Western media have already moved from planning military operations to their consecration directly from the trenches in real time. Great Britain, in addition to sending mountains of weapons to Ukraine in an emergency mode, no longer knows how else to get these Russians and Ukrainians to finally make at least a small clash. Russians and Ukrainians stubbornly do not want to shoot at each other. It looks like it's time for the White House to turn on Hollywood, which could film Russian aggression for them somewhere in Colorado.
  9. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
    DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 21 January 2022 02: 19
    Who is this "Spanish journalist" Archemino Barro? What can this "Spanish journalist" know about Russia? Why does this "Spanish journalist" write about Russia? The answer, most likely, is simple - it's just a "Spanish journalist". Everything. Forgot about the "Spanish journalist".
  10. Obama Barack Offline Obama Barack
    Obama Barack (Obama Barack) 21 January 2022 07: 29
    "Great Analyst" More such to the West. )
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  12. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 21 January 2022 08: 51
    At the same time, Putin has not yet succeeded in convincing Ukrainians to turn their backs to the West, and to face it and the “Russian world”. This is due to the fact that Moscow ...

    ... pays little attention to Ukrainian NGOs. Is it really a pity for a couple of billions? The Americans 5 did not regret it, and this is the result ... Sudoplatov, in Hitler-occupied Ukraine, paid more attention to underground organizations.
  13. AntoxaRus Offline AntoxaRus
    AntoxaRus (Anton) 21 January 2022 11: 55
    A Spanish journalist living in the USA writes about the Russian Federation and the situation in Ukraine.)
    Indeed, globalization has defeated common sense, there used to be correspondents.
    We went to hot spots, conducted live reporting.
    Now my uncle sits across the ocean and reflects and draws up his thoughts in an article.
  14. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 21 January 2022 17: 37
    So many notes without sighting who wrote to whom and for how much. Reminds me of narcissism and we will win.

    The gypsy dreams aloud: sheep are being driven along our path to a watering hole. And we will plant thorns along the road, they will go to the watering hole and cling to the thorns with wool and leave wool on them. We will collect this wool and knit ten sweaters. We will take them to the market, sell them and buy a mare. I will take the mare to the stallion and she will bring us a foal. Boy, I'll ride it. Daddy gives him in the ear, I'll let you ride, you'll break his back.