Putin Uses the “N” Word

The latest in the Ukraine crisis – Putin reminds us all that Russia is a nuclear power. What should we think?

It is not a pleasant thing to say. But I think it needs to be said. We are now at a different level of challenge. Up to now, one could argue with a straight face that the problem is Ukraine, or more precisely eastern Ukraine. So one could try to focus on finding a solution to the problem there. This is now only a symptom of a much bigger problem. Mr. Putin has made himself the problem.

I have chosen my words carefully in the last sentence. This is not a problem with Russia as a country. It is a problem with the leader of that country, who openly disdains the security arrangements that the west has relied upon since 1991.

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