Europe, Power & Security, Russia Putin wants to reestablish the Russian empire. Can NATO stop him without war?

January 11, 2022
By Trudy Rubin | The Philadelphia Inquirer

This week, Western nations have been trying to rebuff Russia’s threats to invade Ukraine for the second time in eight years.

The talks between the United States, NATO, European officials, and their Russian counterparts in Geneva are an effort to tamp down Moscow’s military blackmail — and prevent another Kremlin effort to change European boundaries by violence. The talks are not going well. ...

“Putin wants to rebuild the Russian empire as his legacy,” says Alexander Vershbow, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and deputy secretary general of NATO. “We have to figure out whether he can be stopped.”

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