European leaders, media, and religious organizations are citing “war” as the leading security challenge for the continent, although it is not clear whether the term was used to refer to acts against Islamist terrorism or Russian aggression. Nonetheless, there is no guessing game given NATO’s stance on Russia, as well as continued warnings that Vladimir Putin may be making a move to conquer Ukraine once more.
Europeans Subtly Prepare for War
“For years, we have lived, fundamentally, with a kind of insouciance, as though war could not catch up with us, as though history was not tragic,” Newsweek quoted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
“But war is here, and it is different from the ones that we knew in the 20th century.”
Even Pope Francis echoed what the official said about the world being at war. The terrorist attacks on Europe’s soils and military buildup near Russia’s borders have people worried. It does not help that the continent seemed to be divided further, and interdependence along with collective defense are becoming a challenge.
“The current security architecture in Europe, which relied on both the Helsinki Final Act and the Paris Charter, has now collapsed, following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine,” as previously said by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
NATO is evidently provoking Russia, and Newsweek noted that military experts almost unanimously agree that NATO’s pledged military presence in the Baltics and Poland would be insufficient if Russia proceeds with Russian invasion.
Putin Pushes Russian Invasion
Europe may be doing its best to prepare for war as Ukraine warned about a Russian invasion anytime. The United Nations have pointed out alarming increase in violence in the region, which sparked fears of the country returning to war.
“The occupiers are conducting maneuvers and we should understand that at any minute, at any hour, they could start a large-scale or small-scale attack,” The Sun quoted Andriy Lysenko, a military spokesman for Ukraine’s presidential administration.
Local pro-Ukranian activists said that a considerable number of Russian troops plus armored vehicles were already spotted in the area.