Russia is pushing the world’s buttons as the country has reportedly been trying to amass a force near Ukraine. Despite calls from world leaders, NATO claims that Russia’s efforts have strained relationships, which could eventually lead to further conflict. Will Russia pull the trigger on a new world war?
Russia Has Hidden Agenda?
Russia’s military activities near Ukraine have kept tensions high in the region. Ukraine claims that Russia is hiding plans behind its military drills, and that the real motive is to stage an invasion without the world knowing about it. Russia continues to deny this, but recent reports quoted officials from Moscow saying that troops are on high alert.
“If there is an interest in Moscow in stability and predictability, then these exercises are not the way to go,” the Daily Signal quoted NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow.
Russia has been staging a series of snap drills that kept some NATO members and the alliance itself on the edge. Even Ukraine noted the alarming rate of movements from Russia’s end. Nonetheless, Russia said before that it is only trying to keep its security in interest intact.
“It is important to assess our capabilities for protecting national interests in the southwestern strategic direction amid the uneasy international military and political situation,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in January.
Vershbow added that Russia was only capable of conducting the drills because of a flaw with the agreement with some Western countries.
“We’ve lost the additional predictability that comes with that agreement,” the official said via Daily Star. Likewise, experts note that the Kremlin may be trying to destabilize the post-revolution government in Kyiv. It seems that Russia is trying to find a way to gain leverage so it can negotiate the sanctions relief by the time of the G20 summit.
“War is a continuation of policy,” explained Alex Kokcharov, IHS Markit’s principal analyst for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
“And the Kremlin’s policy is to keep Ukraine sufficiently destabilized to stall the implementation of its reform agenda and economic recovery, and thus to engineer a fall of the current pro-Western government in Kiev.”