The great victory of Vladimir Putin in the presidential election in Russia allows the West is not assured. The Nato boss wants is to brace for the future.
The first congratulations for Vladimir Putin who, according to the official figures, the biggest victory of his career has earned – came from Venezuela. Then followed China …
The first congratulations for Vladimir Putin who, according to the official figures, the biggest victory of his career has earned – came from Venezuela. Then followed China and Cuba. It seemed as if the Cold War never stopped. Russia’s traditional allies, who used the word communism in their briefhoofding had congratulated the president with his excellent score. They use roughly the same definition for ‘democratic elections’, that so, talk what easier.
The leaders of the European states and the leaders of the EU itself to keep the lips tentative, careful with each other. They realize that the resounding result that the Russian electoral commission this morning has been endorsed, a huge boost for Putin. With the rise of 67,98%, and a score of 76,66 percent for the president, gives Moscow the signal that the population is quite satisfied with the price that Russia is sailing.
Thank you for British support
The spokesman of putin’s election campaign resigned yesterday, the United Kingdom, for his support to the campaign. ‘Ten days ago we thought but fifty or sixty percent of the population would come to vote, but we got a rise from which we could have only dream of, ” he said to the British newspaper The Times. The British government is with Moscow on a collision course over the gifaanval on a former Russian double agent on British territory. Theresa May and Boris Johnson say that Russia is responsible and they have 23 Russian diplomats expelled.
The tenor at the Moskougezinde Russian analysts is that the people around its leader to implement if – falsely – attacked. And if you are in Moscow and its media are to be believed, is that the last years more than once occurred. The dominant view is that the West wants to prevent that Russia is again a world power of size. The clenched fist that Putin in the last few years shows, to answer perfectly the feelings of many Russians.
That is a reality that people in Europe and in Nato’s account starts to keep. Jens), the secretary-general of Nato, said this weekend in the German newspaper die Welt that Russia is unpredictable, and therefore he finds it necessary that the defence organisation to do a little bijsteekt.
Russians change the rules of the game
) Is shocked at the gifaanval on Sergei Skripal. Where similar attacks were once dismissed as ‘an internal Russian battle on British soil is fought’, the list of suspicious Russian deaths discovered again to search whether there is a pattern in it. The western allies are shocked by the fact that the spy with the zenuwgif novitsjok has been killed, and that while Russia had signed the convention that chemical weapons is prohibits.
Nato is convinced that Russia is the rules of the game has changed. Cyberhackers, wine in his oats, and anonymous soldiers belong to the ‘hybrid’ warfare, the tactics that low-cost money but surprising results. ) Expected that the member states at the next Nato summit this summer in their approach to Russia will change, so that the West stands ready to respond to respond if Russia or another hybrid attack.
Working together does not work
Some experts think that Nato is now too lax acting against Russia. They are of the opinion that Moscow only listens if it’s a serious tap on his fingers. A man as the Turkish prime minister Erdogan or the American president Trump to speak the same language as Putin: they give him immediately to lick on piece. The Turks have in 2015 a Russian currently performed by top Turkish territory brought down, the American have a month ago Russian mercenaries in Syria was bombed. And what did Russia …? Nothing.
The British specialist Mark Galeotti wonders whether the United Kingdom does not what is harder to occur than the 23 diplomats out. Only by vigorously to act, learn Russia where its borders lie, is his reasoning. Also Stefan Meister of the DPAG (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik) find that Germany, from now on, his teeth should show. In an interview with Deutsche Welle he says that it is now clear that a model of cooperation with Russia does not work.
The outcome of the elections in Russia would make him be right.
This morning, said the new German minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, that Russia has a ‘difficult partner’ will continue.