Authoritarian Russia’s lies and the risk of escalation against NATO. Ian’s (Bremmer) Quick take. The goals of the West & Russia. Source: GZERO

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Authoritarian Russia’s lies and the risk of escalation against NATO

May 02, 2022

It’s week 10 of the war in Ukraine, and the Russians are taking more territory in Donetsk and Luhansk as they focus their second phase of the special military operation on the East. Ukrainians, meanwhile, are ramping up their attacks inside Russia — we’re seeing sabotage, fires, and some strikes across the border. But don’t expect any comments about these hits from Moscow.

The goal for the West, says Ian Bremmer, should be the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, including all of the Donbas. What the US and NATO allies cannot be aiming for, he says, is the destruction of Russia’s military. That’s not even remotely in the cards — not without risking World War III.

Watch his Quick Take here.

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