Guys, apparently Putin is busy with something else at the moment, which is Greece.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed energy and the “Greek Stream” gas pipeline project with Gazprom chief Alexei Miller during a meeting in St Petersburg on Thursday.
Tsipras also met with representatives of the new development bank for BRICS countries, who expressed their intense interest in cooperating with Greece.
The Greek Prime Minister was accompanied by Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, while the BRICS delegation included its chief, Kundapur Vaman Kamath, IMF’s Executive Director and new Vice President of the BRICS bank Paulo Nogueira Batista, Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak and the head of state bank Vnesheconombank (VEB), Vladimir Dmitriev.
Speaking later to Greek businessmen participating in the 19th International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Tsipras urged them to “open their wings in open seas despite the storms.”
“In difficult times, Greek businessmen can be pioneers in opening new horizons…You should pull us from the sleeve. We have to free ourselves from the routine of everyday life and open up new horizons, despite the economic crisis that has lasted five years and the tough negotiations of the last four months,” he noted.
“Greece is at a difficult point, and to overcome it, it needs to ‘divorce’ the illnesses of the past,” he added.
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Now the gas deal is already signed.
Officials agreed Friday to build a pipeline that would bring Russian gas through Greece and into western Europe, Russian state media reported.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was in St. Petersburg Friday, said, "I'm here because I believe that the role of a country that wants to explore its potential to succeed, [should] have a multi-dimensional policy in its relations with countries."
Of course, joining the BRICS is a much more complicated matter and nobody knows what's happening with it. But we now know for sure that it's Russia, namely Putin who is busy doing the legwork.
If Putin can pull this Greece thing off, the Euro zone will crumble. Portugal and Italy will follow. Greece' exit from the Euro Zone and EU will have a much bigger shake to Europe than Russia Physically conquering Ukraine by force. Ukraine, as we know, is nothing but a bunch of piss poor drunks. Whether Ukraine is on the East, the West, Neutral, or in their own imaginary world, doesn't really bother anyone. They are insignificant. That's why the US is using Ukraine, sending them to war, sending them to meet death, and causing physical harm to Russian people living in Ukraine. However Greece on the other hand, is part of Euro Zone, member of EU. Their exit, and ultimately switch side is going to have very big and profound consequences.
If Putin's strategy is freezing the war at Ukraine, but at the same time, recruiting a member of the EU to Russia's side, to the BRICS. Then it's still a victory for him.
This is the only explanation I can think of why Putin's inaction at Ukraine, other than him being a softy.
Having said that, Putin's recent comments, regarding only solving Ukraine issues by talk and RF's foreign minister's comments of not thought about letting DPR and LPR joining Russia, still angers me.
So Putin better work harder and wrap up Greece nicely.