Putin has brought the world to ‘the brink of war,’ Gazeta Wyborcza says

Putin at the Ministry of Defense in Moscow (Alexei Druzhinin / AP)

Putin at the Ministry of Defense in Moscow (Alexei Druzhinin / AP) 

Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Russia

By his orders to the Russian army to respond “harshly” to any challenge to them in Syria, Vladimir Putin has brought the world to “the brink of war,” in the words of Wacław Radziwinowicz, the Moscow correspondent of Warsaw’s influential Gazeta Wyborcza.

The Polish journalist points out that Putin’s order for Russian forces to “act with maximum severity” and destroy any threat “to the Russian air force or its military infrastructure on the ground” in Syria sets the stage for Russian attacks on Turkey and thus on NATO.

Radziwinowicz has thus said what many are unwilling to say: Putin in his speech – for the text, see here – has made a declaration from which he will find it almost impossible to climb down, an effort designed to force the West to rein in Turkey and make concessions to Moscow’s position in Syria or face the prospect of war.

Moreover, by taking this position, Radziwinowicz suggests, Putin is laying the ground for precisely the kind of thing he and other Russian leaders have done in the past, blaming the victims of Russian aggression for that aggression and gaining the support of those in the West who are prepared to be victims of the latest example of Russian blackmail.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Greg

    It is so sad the West has no leaders today, just fools who desire to be friends with a man man. They have learned nothing from the start of WWII which means we are on track for a new major war. Putin will invade more countries until the West stands up to him! Today’s sanctions are a joke to allow Western leaders to hold public meetings to talk like they are doing something. Merkel leads this useless team, she seems to be awed by Putin and wants to be his best friend.

    Obama is a joke, he may be forced into action by Congress, we can hope. Hollande is more interested in securing business from Russia.

  • Yoshua Zafoy

    NATO’s attack on the Russian jet over Syria and Russia’s no military respond, turned Russia into a weak Paper Tiger. This will lead to further provocations against Russia. Russia has now only two options left: To prepare for war or to bow down to NATO.