Vladimir Putin’s Russia has long sought to weaken the European Union and in this respect Brexit can be seen as a major success. Disconnecting the United Kingdom from the EU will inevitably have long term political consequences. Putin, flanked by influential architects of Russian expansionism such as Alexandr Dugin, is obsessed with the restoration of Russia as a great power; this includes establishing and consolidating its geopolitical sphere of influence in the Baltic Sea region. For EU countries in the area, such as Sweden and Finland, the role of NATO is more critical since Brexit. Thus any further division within NATO or questioning whether it may be suffering from a ‘brain death’ are a concerns for the two Nordic nations.
"The more you understand the world, the higher your chance of shaping it".
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Valtiotieteen tohtori, suurlähettiläs, tasavallan presidentin entinen neuvonantaja, professori ja kirjailija.
Kirjoituksia saa lainata. Lähde on mainittava.