June 1, 2024 | The Telegraph

Putin’s next conquests are already in his sights

If Kyiv falls, the Baltics, Moldova, and Balkans are at risk – not just from tanks, but from hybrid warfare which wouldn’t break Article 5
June 1, 2024 | The Telegraph

Putin’s next conquests are already in his sights

If Kyiv falls, the Baltics, Moldova, and Balkans are at risk – not just from tanks, but from hybrid warfare which wouldn’t break Article 5

Excerpt

Russia recently celebrated Victory Day, a major national holiday commemorating the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. Speaking before Russian troops in parade formation on Red Square, Putin promised Russia would soon achieve victory again – this time over Ukraine. Such an outcome would imperil not just Ukraine but also security in Europe and beyond. For his next conquests are already in his sights.

The Kremlin has been honest about its desire to weaken Nato, break Western unity and subjugate Russia’s neighbours. For Putin, the war in Ukraine isn’t just about that country. He sees the current conflict as a defining moment in his broader struggle against the West and reshaping the world order.

Ivana Stradner is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Issues:

International Organizations Military and Political Power Russia U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy Ukraine