“Putin has no options left”: The Washington Post readers about a possible war in Ukraine


Readers of the American newspaper The Washington Post left a lot of comments on the article under the heading "Putin has many options short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine" (English "Putin has many options short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine"), which says about the ambiguous planes of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.


The publication notes that the United States and its NATO allies have agreed to inflict "economic attack on Russia” if it “invades Ukraine,” but non-war actions such as sabotage or cyberattacks could split allies in terms of how tough a response should be.

To date, about a thousand responses have been left to the article. Some of them, which most reflect the mood of most readers, are presented below.

Reader Comments:

Putin is left with no options. He's backed himself into a corner and is trying to chew his way out. He knows that a long war is not an option (because it is unpredictable) […]

says Dazed and confused.

Biden successfully used his strengths. And with the allies has already made one front. If Putin sets the war in Ukraine in motion, he will face devastating sanctions, a well-equipped insurgency in Ukraine, and advanced NATO forces deployed along the borders. And that's the price he can't afford. For now, the talks are aimed at finding a way for Putin to get out of the predicament he has put himself in.

writes the Daily Dark Roast.

NATO does not and never has posed a military threat to the Russian Federation. And Putin's fear of the EU is economic, not military. Putin leads the second largest syndicate that will never be able to integrate into the EU […]

Bear100 commented.

He [Putin] wants the West to stay out of the region. This is a problem for decades to come. I wonder what we would do if Mother Russia herself suddenly came to Mexico

Justise5776 recalled.

Weak and inconsistent policy in the Middle East and South Asia, led first by Bush Jr. and then by Obama, Trump and Biden, is costing the United States and its allies dearly. Neither the Russians nor the Chinese believe that we have the cohesion and courage to lead the campaign to contain Russian and Chinese aggression. This leads to global instability and possibly the start of conventional wars in places like Taiwan and Ukraine. In Europe, Putin may well spill over [from Ukraine] to the Baltics or even Poland. The US is the only potential counterbalance to Chinese and Russian aggression. But we're too busy with our feuds and strife

noted an oldtownwest reader.

It is one thing to incorporate Crimea, a pro-Russian region ready to join; another thing to invade the rest of Ukraine. Human and economic losses will be unbearable

suggested The Shape of Future.
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  1. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
    Mikhail L. 23 January 2022 09: 29
    +1
    Especially impressive is the mentoring from a Daily Dark Roast reader:

    NATO does not pose and never has posed a military threat to the Russian Federation

    Как бы не так.
    Was it the Russian Federation moving to the East or NATO expanding to the West?
    Is it not the Russian Federation and China who are the bosses of NATO - the United States consider them their main enemies?
    And who, after all, are American nuclear weapons aimed at?
    All this is not a "Ukrainian issue"!
  2. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 23 January 2022 10: 33
    +5
    “Putin has no options left”

    From January 1, 2022, Russia will introduce a ban on the export of unprocessed roundwood. The Ministry of Industry and Trade expects that Russian production facilities will be able to process all the wood that will remain in the country. Export restrictions will make it possible to process an additional 6 million cubic meters of coniferous wood in the Russian Federation and reduce its prices, Viktor Evtukhov, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, said.

    "From January 1, the export of unprocessed softwood and valuable hardwoods (oak, beech, ash) will be carried out only through two railway checkpoints (Luttya - on the border with Finland, Khasan - on the border with the DPRK). This will save up to 6 million cubic meters of coniferous wood, which will remain on the domestic market and, of course, will be processed by domestic enterprises, which will affect the increase in the number of products on the domestic market and the advising decline in prices"

    Russia has a lot of options. And the most profitable is the limitation of the supply of resources to Europe. With the decision on wood, Russia knocked out the entire woodworking industry in Europe. Not only can exports be carried out through a single point, but protective duties have been raised to 80%. The EU has already filed complaints with the WTO. Forcing Europe to peace can and must be carried out by economic methods. For half a year, to stop the supply of wood, coal, metal and a lot of other items, and you won’t even have to fight.
    Returning to the forest. Europeans have a great opportunity to transfer production to Russia and forget about their industry.
    1. Mikhail Kurenkov (Mikhail Kurenkov) 23 January 2022 11: 01
      +1
      That's right, we, as timber processors and suppliers of fuel briquettes to Europe, are rubbing our hands, finally, the state policy in this area has become Russian!
    2. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 24 January 2022 10: 51
      -7
      Russia has a lot of options. And the most profitable is the limitation of the supply of resources to Europe.

      This will undermine the profits of Rosneft, Transneft, Gazprom, NOVATEK. Budget revenues will be reduced. These revenues contribute to the revival of the PAK DA, PAK TA, PAK FA programs since 2000, work on advanced aircraft and marine engines. They support ship repair, promising developments in weapons and military equipment.
      Europeans can also receive wood through Indonesia. IKEA received logs through the ports of Primorye, through Indonesia. Krasnoyarsk Territory is a champion in felling.

      Europeans have a great opportunity to transfer production to Russia and forget about their industry.

      If only like the PRC. By organizing a network of primitive sawmills. Rip off a round timber log a little from the sides, and for export.
      1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
        DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 24 January 2022 11: 28
        +1
        What are you grinding?
        1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
          gunnerminer (gunner miner) 24 January 2022 11: 59
          -6
          In the USSR, thanks to the growth of income due to oil exports, the growth of scientific military developments began. So it is in Russia. The export of timber in the form of round logs is a long-standing export item. More than 2021 million hectares. So it is already more profitable to sell in bulk, round timber. Completely different bastards.
          1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
            DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 24 January 2022 12: 14
            +1
            You read less Ukrainian nonsense about the distribution of funds in the USSR. This is not an easy direction and your statement, quote:

            In the USSR, thanks to the growth of income due to oil exports, the growth of scientific military developments began

            - says that it (direction) is unfamiliar to you. Magazine Ogonyok at 90 lied more convincingly than you. Well, that was the Ogonyok magazine! And then you...

            From January 1, 2022, introduce a complete ban on the export from Russia of unprocessed or rough, only for the type of processed coniferous and valuable hardwood timber. Putin's order. As for the sale of timber ... well, where are you climbing. It is clear that explaining cause and effect is too long and boring. It's easier, like you, to whine - everything is gone. In short, you lied again. What for? Are you a provocateur?
            1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
              gunnerminer (gunner miner) 24 January 2022 12: 37
              -5
              Ukrainian nonsense is not worth reading. You are apparently reading it to study the enemy. Right. The editors of Ogonyok live in the USA and Canada. Scoundrels for the state account. But in general, their predictions came true.

              The export ban has been discussed since about 2008. And the wooden cart is still there. The family of the Krasnoyarsk governor became the champion in this archival export. IKEA even made refuting statements.
              A provocateur? I worry about the lungs of the country, for the fate of the endless Karelian forests, for the fate of the taiga. I will have to go to the Tofyanovka or Brusnichnoye checkpoint. See how it is in real life. In September 2021, there were endless columns to the Finnish side, with round logs. Kickbacks are of such magnitude that customs is happy to land on a general regime.
              1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
                DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 24 January 2022 12: 55
                0
                Don't worry about the Karelian forests and... well, what else is there for? Worry about your Ukraine. Like you ruined it. About the forest, you were told not to climb there, you are back to your own. There is a struggle going on, as in any capitalist state, business is looking for profit and the forest is one of the directions of its (business) predatory aspirations. There are pluses - the work of local money taxes. I will say one thing - the forest is enough. There will also be enough coal, oil and the rest of the gas). For many, many, many, many, many, many years. Although there are, of course, those who argue that this is not so. If this is approved at the government levels, then they will raise taxes, excises, etc., if this is voiced in the business community, then they will raise prices, if they howl about it at the world level, then they will definitely take away such resources from someone or ruin someone then. If the townsfolk started talking about it, then they are driven by ignorance, if they discuss it on this site, then among those discussing it there is definitely one old (very bad word) and one Ukrainian who is embarrassed by his Ukraine).
                1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
                  gunnerminer (gunner miner) 24 January 2022 13: 23
                  -4
                  Ukraine froze for 7 years without gas. And without forest. It remains to stop the flow of Togliatti and Berezniki ammonia running through the port of Yuzhny. Stop the flow of diesel and fuel through fraternal Belarus to Ukraine. Enough of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to ride on Russian fuel!
                  The forests will last for 50 years, with such a scale of activity of the families of the Krasnoyarsk and Karelian governors. They saw them as if before capital punishment. And we must at least reduce the number and scale of forest fires. One plus from them, the air in California has deteriorated. Russian citizenship. Or are you Ukrainian?
                  1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
                    DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 24 January 2022 13: 33
                    0
                    Well, you are already driving. Rest for today!
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      2. bonifacius Offline bonifacius
        bonifacius (Alex) 25 January 2022 01: 39
        0
        When there is a war, they think about victory, not about profits. When there is a victory, then we will think about profits.
        1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
          gunnerminer (gunner miner) 25 January 2022 09: 33
          -3
          War is planned with profit in mind.
  3. NoN importa Offline NoN importa
    NoN importa (no importa) 23 January 2022 11: 08
    +3
    Wow. The scriptwriters at the State Department invented the attack and now everyone is talking about some kind of trap to Putin. Crazy placebo...
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 24 January 2022 20: 58
      -4
      They have no excuse.
  4. Expert_Analyst_Forecaster 25 January 2022 15: 09
    -1
    Quote: gunnerminer
    In the USSR, thanks to the growth of incomes due to oil exports, the growth of scientific military developments began.

    Yes Yes. Again the same character, again hangs noodles.
    But there are people who know a little about history.
    Significant revenues from the sale of oil went only in the 70s of the last century.
    But the growth of both scientific and military (I have no idea what scientific military developments mean) research went on as the country's economy strengthened.
    Ros, since the 20s.
    The same nuclear project, the same space program began long before the income from oil exports.