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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual State of the Nation speech, warned on Wednesday against provoking his country, promising a swift retaliation against anyone who crossed "red lines."

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To me, it seems that Pres Putin is trying to create a crisis so that he has a means to annex more of Ukraine.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-04-21 11:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not having Sugar Bear in the White House seems to have unbalanced Putin.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-04-21 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Vlad the Inhaler can suck it.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-04-21 01:10 PM | Reply

Putin's going to wake up one day and find every warplane factory in his country is the property of Finland.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-21 08:02 PM | Reply

"He [Putin] added that he "hoped" no foreign actor would cross Russia's "red lines,"

By "foreign actor" I guess he means President Biden.

Silly boy. /s

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-21 08:06 PM | Reply

Putin's saber rattling is a sign of insecurity. What in the hell does he think is going to happen if he continues to militarily advance on a member of NATO and a U.S. ally?

I'm sure he's very upset that Donald Trump didn't pull through for him but there's a new sheriff in town now and the rules are completely different . . . on a higher plane of morality you might say.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-21 09:15 PM | Reply

What in the hell does he think is going to happen if he continues to militarily advance on a member of NATO and a U.S. ally?

That's a good question. So is why where those former Warsaw Pact nations allowed to join NATO in the first place? There's a lot of them.

I don't think Ukraine is one of them.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-04-21 09:31 PM | Reply

Makes me wonder what the hell is so important about the Ukraine that countries are ready to start WW3....ours or theirs.
Place looks like a dump from the pictures I've seen.

#8 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-04-21 10:26 PM | Reply

Ukraine isn't part of NATO and the former block countries wanted to be sure they'd never be ruled by Russia again.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-21 10:27 PM | Reply

503jc69

"Makes me wonder what the hell is so important about the Ukraine that countries are ready to start WW3....ours or theirs."

Ukraine is standing in the way of Russia's expansion into Eastern Europe and the restoration of the former U.S.S.R.

Trump's cozy relationship with Putin and his antagonism toward U.S. allies, . . . plus Trump's threats to take the U.S. out of NATO, . . . plus the way Trump bent over backwards to block already allocated military assets to Ukraine . . . made one suspect that Putin and Trump had a reciprocity agreement whereby the U.S. would help Russia with their expansion.

WW3 would be putting it lightly . . . with the U.S. on the wrong side.

Fortunately for the U.S. Trump became arrogant about his re-election and blew the whole deal to smithereens. Now Russia is left massed on Ukraine's border, still financially hamstrung by Obama's (and now Biden's, too) crippling sanctions, and making brave but hollow statements as part of his State of the Nation speech.

All said, however, it would be a mistake to underestimate Vladimir Putin. He's ruthless and cunning. He's also extended his own term in office to 2036.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-21 11:18 PM | Reply

We need to accept Ukraine as a member of NATO and send so many troops there that Putin would be forced to back down. We need a meeting of all NATO nations to determine what our strategy will be to rein in megolomaniac Putin. Claiming that we are bringing WWIII by opposing Putin is Neville Chamberlain talk.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2021-04-22 07:11 AM | Reply

DANNI

"We need a meeting of all NATO nations."

That's a good idea.

I suspect private talks have been going been going on among NATO members since Trump took office.

It's not much of a secret that both Trump and Putin had an agenda, if successful, that served them both in a very personal way. However, it was especially distressing to learn that both the RNC and the GOP were on board every traitorous step of the way.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-22 07:40 AM | Reply

@#11 ... We need to accept Ukraine as a member of NATO ...

My understanding is that NATO will not accept a new member if that member is engaged in conflict.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-04-22 10:19 AM | Reply

LAMP

That sounds reasonable.

Ukraine is lucky the U.S. has their back. That's what is scaring the bejeebus out of Putin, plus the crippling financial sanctions with more in the queue if necessary.

Putin may bluster I'd be surprised if Russia gave it a go all by themselves.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-22 11:36 AM | Reply

Russia to pull troops back from near Ukraine
www.bbc.com

...After weeks of tension over a build-up of Russian troops close to Ukraine's border, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered a number of units in the area back to their bases.

The EU estimated that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers had amassed near the border as well as in Crimea, which was seized and annexed by Russia in 2014.

Speaking in Crimea, Mr Shoigu said units on exercise would return to base....




#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-04-22 11:43 AM | Reply

Ukraine is important to Putin, because he views their joining
NATO is inevitable. Putin is a control freak, he's used to it
from his time in the FSB and KGB, and as Russian President.
He has had a number of setbacks lately, and he has gotten 'huffy'
about it. His popularity has been plummeting as American Sanctions
take effect. There is a marked increase in protestors taking to the
streets over Navalny and because of shortages in stores and the quality
of life staying stagnant or diminishing. Other stressors include the
U.S., China (which is only a fair weather ally), and the Western World,
which largely views Putin as an ideological dinosaur. But for Putin,
Ukraine is key to prevent the further surrounding of the Western front of
Russia in his mind. He can't take it, that Russia is only a world power
anymore because of their army and their nukes, and is continuing to diminish
and self-isolate on the world stage.

#16 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-04-22 12:56 PM | Reply

I went behind the Iron Curtain in the early eighties and everybody I met in Poland and East Germany absolutely hated the Russians. I hope Putin chokes on his own lies and bullying. The guy is an abject coward.

#17 | Posted by tknees at 2021-04-22 01:06 PM | Reply

TKNEES

"The guy [Putin] is an abject coward."

Another thing Trump and Putin have in common.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-04-22 03:16 PM | Reply

"We need to accept Ukraine as a member of NATO and send so many troops there that Putin would be forced to back down."

Really?

Is that based on your keen understanding of Russia's geopolitical strategy? You've successfully ascertained Russia's Red Lines, and hemming them in on their southern flank?

Or is it worth losing a few cities to nukes?

Where do you live again?

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-04-22 03:25 PM | Reply

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