Another Cold War?

No, says Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin was discussing the recent expansion of NATO in the eastern Europe. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization recently accepted the possibility of adding two former Soviet States, Ukraine and Georgia, into the alliance. NATO has been making some fairly progressive expansion lately, and the Russian’s have been eager to address the situation.

I find it funny that Putin went on to suggest that “we are all friends”, referring to NATO nations and modern Russia. He even went on to say that the two sides have the same goals and objectives in mind. Considering Putin’s past, this is quite a 180. The Russian socialist is well remembered for his sharp criticism of NATO as being a threat to peace in the eastern European theater. Obviously, Vladimir has no counter to the expansion of NATO in this case. To compensate, he uses the media to promote Russia as some sort of righteous victim. Ukraine and Georgia would never align with NATO if it did not seem like a wise economic and military decision.

I have little patience for people like Putin. He is essentially limiting the expansion of capitalism and free-markets in Russia. While I don’t understand his reasoning for this, it is clear to me that his legacy will not be one that is favored over time.

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Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 12:20 am  Leave a Comment  

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