Putin’s next big prank is unfolding right under our noses
As the political leaders of Finland and Sweden stance on joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare – Putin is suddenly projecting calm, saying this week that he has “no problem” with Finland and Sweden joining the collective defense body.
“With regard to enlargement, including the accession of two potential new members, Finland and Sweden, I would like to inform you, dear colleagues, that Russia has no problem with these states,” Putin said. Monday at a Russian-led military summit. alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “No problem at all!”
The somewhat rambunctious claim that he is keeping his cool has grabbed headlines around the world, particularly as his comments stand in stark contrast to some of his previous threats. Earlier this month, Moscow warned of the consequences of NATO expansion, threatening a military response if Finland joined NATO.
“Finland’s NATO membership will cause serious damage to Russian-Finnish bilateral relations and to the maintenance of stability and security in the Northern European region,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. at the beginning of the month. “Russia will be compelled to take retaliatory measures, both military-technical and otherwise, in order to neutralize the resulting threats to its national security.”
But the impending expansion of NATO, which was designed in the first place to counter Russian influence in Europe, is almost certainly causing panic in Putin and his entourage, and all his statements showing that he is keeping his cool are just an act, the former American warn intelligence officials and Putin watchers.
Rather than turn over a new leaf, Putin is probably doing his best to calm his panic over an expanding NATO and bide his time, rather than let his worst NATO fears come true, says Josh Manning , a former Russian military analyst at the Defense Ministry’s European Command.