The thing that caught my attention wasn’t as much the testing of warheads and missiles, but rather the part about calling all Russians home to the motherland.
That is worrying as it is a very natural strategic move to make before a major war.
I particularly love how the news article has stuck in a picture from Victory Day parade of soldiers marching which has nothing to do with the article but can be used to whip up fears about the ‘Soviets’. Hilarious.
Exactly. He’s just trying to show off that Russia still has “it”. And it has the added benefit of giving him something to continue to point to, deflecting attention away from Russia’s continuing domestic issues.
The same could be said about Germany in the thirties you know.
The were in economical ruins too, but as we now know they should’ve been taken seriously, but the denial hindered the west from keeping Germany at bay.
Oh I agree you can’t take them lightly. But at the same time, it would be suicide for them to invade the EU and NATO and they know it. Ukraine was bad but was them messing around in what is still their own old neighborhood. Poland and the Baltic States are a different issues. Even the Soviet Union at the height of it’s power (which compared to the US/NATO at the time was much closer than present day Russia) never crossed that line. Putin is an belligerent defacto autocrat, but he’s not a moron.
But as GKC and others have pointed out, Russia launching a few test missiles is nothing unusual. Not unless you consider the US doing the same to be equally as dangerous.
I am married to a Russian and a number of my family members serve or have served in their armed forces. I am therefore most unlikely to laugh at the Russian nation. I would be grateful if you do not compare the Russian people to the Nazis also, I could not explain to you easily how offensive Russians would find that. Nearly every Russian family has or family members who died or were seriously injured in WW2. Making such a comparison in Russia itself would be very ill advised, especially in more working class or blue collar areas. if you did so with my wife who is relatively highly educated (far more so than I) she would stand up leave the room and refuse to talk or engage in conversation with you ever again. Especially as in her case her grandparent’s home city was one of the first attacked by the Nazis and the vast majority of residents were killed.
Yes, if true… ordering people to pull your children out of foreign schools and diplomats to bring their families would be alarming. That would be a major disruption to many many people. Not only that, if it proved to be bluster, when if the “real thing” came along, no one would take it seriously. Too much trouble for bluster.
Missile testing? That doesn’t bother me at all. This is the second time I am hearing about this tension level between the US and Russia. There was something on CNN or Fox the other day about this. A General was saying this was the most precarious time since before Gorbachev. When both sides have shot a plane down or sunk a ship,or diplomatic relations have been cut off, then it is time for major worry, till then, I won’t be loosing any sleep.