Ukraine-Russia Tensions Fueled by Failed Talks, Cyberattacks, Cuba/Venezuela Link

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The Facts

  • Poland's foreign minister suggested that Europe is closer to war than any time in the past 30 years.

  • Putin wants guarantees that NATO won't expand eastward or deploy offensive weapons near its border, while Biden wants no Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, but high-level talks have failed to de-escalate the situation.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

To protect the free world and the rule-based international order, Biden needs to take a hawkish stance to decisively counter Putin's aggressive quest to rebuild an authoritarian 'Greater Russian sphere of influence'.

Pro-Russia narrative

The West has upset a delicate geopolitical balance by breaking its promise not to expand NATO eastward. Putin's moves aren't agression but reaction to NATO informally arming Ukraine, and hypocritically viewing this differently than if Russia invited Cuba to a military alliance and deployed forces there.

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