We could say a Putin thread, but he’s like, really popular. So let them own him.
Moving nuke missiles closer to NATO countries…
Wasn’t there talk around 2010 about Russia joining NATO? Went nowhere. Also some nonsense about a reset that also went nowhere.
So-called smart diplomacy failed utterly. Let’s hope the new guy’s approach gets better results. He seems willing to place blame where it belongs on other matters.
In summary, Putin’s the proximate cause of all the trouble but he’s got a lot of enablers.