In the not so distant past, the United States government would have taken the lead in exposing Russian threats to the West; but now, with Washington pulling back from that role, other countries and particularly those most directly exposed are filling the vacuum in various ways.
Poland and the Baltic countries, all of whom are in NATO, have come to play a leading role in this regard not only warning the West about what Putin is up to but hosting international conferences and preparing well-documented reports.
But now countries even more exposed because they aren’t under the security umbrella of the Western alliance are doing the same.
Now, Ukraine is joining this group having prepared and distributed to the alliance and its members at a meeting in Tbilisi last week an analytic study “about the links of the Russian Federation with terrorist organizations in the Middle East and in Central Asia.”
The report details how Moscow communicates with these groups, provides support and coordinates their actions with those of the Russian government and security services.
During the Cold War, the West relied upon and benefitted from studies prepared by those who had fled the communist regimes Moscow had imposed in the USSR and in Eastern Europe. Now, these countries are independent, but the expertise about Russian behavior found in them is no less valuable.
They deserve the closest attention and where possible support.
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