December 11, 2021 By TheNewYorkNews
where were the sanctions after cyberattacks earlier this year — likely approved by the Kremlin — stymied our critical infrastructure, including energy reserves and the food supply?
Putin views Biden as weak, and believes his presidency presents a unique window of opportunity. And so, he is working to both intimidate Biden and butter him up.
Last month, Russia conducted two highly consequential weapons tests that served as a direct message to Washington.
The US president’s threat of sanctions has little effect on the Russians, who have historically endured far worse deprivation than anything US economic measures could inflict on them. For Putin, control of Ukraine is a “red line,” and he will do what he has to in order to maintain it.
Meanwhile, Putin has noticed Biden’s other weaknesses toward Russia. The US president backed completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Europe, giving Russia a useful spigot to turn on and off in order to force Western Europe to do his bidding. Although the White House reportedly would push Germany to halt the project if Russia attacks Ukraine, Washington is unlikely to sway Berlin, which views Nord Stream 2 in purely commercial terms and has been enjoying a blossoming relationship with Moscow. And Putin is already ratcheting up the pressure on Europe — which is critically dependent on Russian gas — by colluding with Saudi Arabia on engineering a potential suspension of OPEC’s collective increase in crude oil production. How long will sanctions last when Putin is in charge of heating the homes of the European Union?
Biden is too weak, for Putin, Xi Jin Ping and everybody else.
Read more: https://nypost.com/2021/12/11/how-putin-is-using-biden-to-make-russia-great-again/