Putin is in trouble

Good morning, dear readers,

Yesterday afternoon, the German news agency (dpa) sent three urgent reports within ten minutes to the editorial offices of the republic: “NATO decides on a new strategic concept”, “NATO begins the procedure for accepting Finland and Sweden” and “NATO countries make a strict decision to strengthen the region Eastern”. wing.” On the first day of the NATO summit in Madrid, the military alliance decided to make more fundamental changes than in the past twenty years. One person in particular is responsible for the influence of the alliance, which French President Emmanuel Macron declared “brain dead” three years ago. Only years: Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president has breathed new life into the alliance’s search for meaning. Through its irrational attack on Ukraine, through its threatening gestures against Europe and through its constant habit of extending facts beyond recognition, even in international diplomacy, NATO is fast becoming a very real force factor in the world once again. And one is growing. With Sweden and Finland, two countries are now joined at the border with Russia, which has long viewed each other as a mediator. Contrary to what Putin claims, NATO did not deal with Russia via Ukraine. However, with the northern expansion now decided upon and provoked by Putin, it has actually brought the Kremlin closer to NATO. The length of the joint Finnish-Russian border is 1,300 km.

And that’s not all. Following Wednesday’s decision, NATO’s new eastern border will be given more protection – with a permanent NATO presence. This is also something that NATO has largely avoided thus far, in consideration of Russian interests. In addition, the Western Allies intend to keep more than 300,000 troops on high alert permanently until they are operational in a few days. The enemy is clearly identified again.

Russia and China in the crossfire

While the strategy was previously aimed at winning over Russia as a partner, the concept of the new strategy ranks Russia as the “largest and most immediate threat to Allied security, peace, and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region.” Suddenly China is in NATO’s crosshairs. In response to the “systemic challenges” posed by China, NATO countries now want to improve their common situational awareness and increase flexibility and preparedness, including in the Far East.

Whatever the outcome of the fighting in Ukraine, the war of aggression does not seem to have improved Russia’s overall security situation. Even Matthias Koch, the senior author of the National Democratic Assembly, sees many bad news for Putin – for example, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not risk breaking away from NATO. The summit concludes in Madrid this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the decree for the new Corona test comes into force today. Only high-risk groups and infected people get free citizen testing. Citizens have to pay €3 per test if they need a test for a specific reason – for example, to be able to attend an event or because they have been in contact with infected people. There is an overview of all the rules here. It’s doubtful that canceling the free exams will actually be the answer to the current summer wave.

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