Stephen Cohen’s continued support for Putin is shameful and embarrassing not only in and of itself, but also in that it’s been driven by a thirst for the attention he received as a public intellectual during the Soviet period and then lost. That he dragged The Nation down with him is a strong argument against nepotism. I’m glad this article was finally published.
Typical vaporware project management. And before the two years are up, he will either redefine or plead unexpected delays. Or that it was all a feint.
i.e. a group strong enough to bully/blackmail Ukraine into giving up some territory to appease Putin, which will ensure peace in our time until Vladdie comes back for more.
I don’t believe it will be easy to find so many people with these characteristics. The reluctance to demonstrate even a more incisive position against Russia is what unites the Brazilian left and extreme right.
Would the BRICS be interested in pushing concessions on Russia? Or Ukraine?
Is it known whether this is suspected of being more or less cynical cover for wanting the issue to go away; or is Lula one of the (oddly common) people who seem convinced that there’s a cleverly hidden level of strength that will wring a diplomatic solution out of someone who has openly professed to be uninterested in anything but victory as he defines it; but will still sneak under the threshold of involving any sort of militarily relevant activity?
But they’ll get to wave a piece of paper claiming “Peace in our time!” Isn’t that the goal?
Mr. Lula was interviewed tonight. He stated that He would call neutral nations such as Japan and Mexico for example.
Lula and Bolsonaro do not want to displease anyone, because as president and former president of a poor nation, they know that the country depends on a lot of things that come from abroad. Unfortunately, it is not possible to stay on top of the wall for a long time, as we say around here. One hour you have to go down to one of the sides.
After years of dismantling the industrial park, we are heavily dependent on imported raw-material, chemicals and industrial material/parts. The engine of the Brazilian economy is the agricultural sector, which exerts great political pressure to keep things flowing. Russia is the biggest supplier of fertilizers. Without these materials, farmers will be desperate.
Japan is hardly neutral.
Japan has traditionally maintained one of the strictest armament export policies in the world, which has for the most part prevented Japanese defence companies and government agencies from exporting or even donating military equipment to other countries. The fact that the Japanese government amended its own guidelines to bypass laws that would otherwise have prevented it from supplying Ukraine with military aid should thus be seen as highly exceptional. Although the resulting deliveries have remained limited to non-lethal equipment, the move to supply war-torn Ukraine with military equipment is unprecedented in Japan’s modern history. Military aid has so far included 40 small reconnaissance UAVs, 6900 helmets and 1900 bulletproof vests.