Instead of praying and hoping a few NATO member countries voice their discontent and veto Sweden/Finland ascension..... instead of having a losers mentality, that is, be at the mercy of rivals decisions and infighting...
You are right and wrong all at once.
Russia doesn't have a losers mentality, they were mature and adult and assumed the west was the same but they were wrong.
They tried to cooperate and work together but the west wants a slave and not an equal, they have literally tried everything except capitulation but the thing is that they will never try capitulation.
Russia has no alternative but to pivot away from the west and look to the rest of the world for everything... in which case the status of Finland and Sweden in this little game is meaningless... the difference will be whether Russia sends Finland electricity and gas and if they are part of HATO they will have to pay in Rubles which they wont which means trade will stop and the borders will close and no doubt Finland will expose some Russian spying and kick out some Russian diplomats and Russia will respond in kind and eventually each will close down the others embassy which wont matter anyway because there is no trade any more and tourism is likely just as dead, so embassies are closed and borders will be closed and that will be it.
These new mini cruise missiles the Russians are designing with small conventional payloads would be small and cheap and simple so ground launched versions with tactical nuclear warheads would be ideal... have a train with hundreds of missiles sitting somewhere in the middle of Siberia.... any problems with HATO and it can roll over and start destroying the threat quickly and cheaply... they could be backup missiles with conventional warheads for use in Syria or perhaps the Kuriles... or whereever they are needed.
what should be happening is a comprehensive assessment of why Russia is unable to foresee, and successfully deter, and impede these events from happening that so adversely affect its security status.
Russia has bent over backwards and turned itself inside out to please the west and the only Russia the west wants to deal with is a broken Russia from the 1990s with a Yeltsin in charge that would sign anything put in front of him, which is not an option.
They have literally tried everything with each political party in the west and no solution.
The west does not want to be friends or even to trade in a civil manner... the west hates Russia.... and that is fine... the west can hate Russia, but they also need to realise that in such circumstances there is no point accepting investment from the west or allow the west to continue their objectives of damaging Russia and trying to impose a regime change on them... the rest of the world is out there wanting to trade and cooperate and after 20 years of the west slapping Russia in the face I think it is time for Russia to realise any future with the west does not make sense for Russia... no surprise... it doesn't exist for China either because the west wont accept a powerful China either... and most of the rest of the world the west is not ready to accept growing and developing to or even past their level.
There is a whole world out there of people who want to trade who are being kept down by the west and would love to trade with Russia and China and the West knows that and is scared... look at the western reaction to China making defence agreements with the Solomon Islands for goodness sake... they were panicking...
The funniest thing about the incompetence of the Russian leadership is the idea that a neutral "Ukraine" is possible in line with the neutral Swiss, Swede, Fin model....(if only the Ukies do this to their constitution, and sign this paper here lol1 )... only to find out how busted that model really is...
When you say busted I think you mean corrupted and destroyed by the west, and I agree, what is going to happen in the Ukraine is a lot of regions are going to be pro Russia and a few regions will not.... very much a repeat of the breakup of Yugoslavia... most Yugoslavians would likely say it was never going to work, and I suspect the same for future former Ukrainians...
Reactionary Fools deserve all the slaps of history they get. Professional victimhood and crying doesn't make up or solve these things. Neither does placing a nuke aimed at Helsinki or anywhere else.
Russia is not the victim here... it is sorting out a solution for itself and it is keeping the house and the car and the holiday house and the west will likely get much much less than if Kiev had pulled its head in and just followed the Minsk agreements.
Who's the next savior? Hungary?
You don't get it... Finland and Sweden are deciding whether to join the US or remain independent and part of the rest of the world... if they choose HATO they will be much less safe because any provocation could get them involved in a war with Russia, but that is their choice... what membership will do is totally destroy all trade and relations they currently have with Russia and I am sure many are fine with that too....
So as you can see it is not a big deal... Russia is turning away from the west and towards the rest of the world... I suspect most Russian embassies in Europe will be closed over time from one side or the other... Russia does not need diplomats in the UK or France or Germany or other EU states... why talk to the working dogs or the sheep when the farmer is in charge... but when the Farmer is a
that wants you dead and bleeding then why talk to him either?
The rest of the world represents an enormous largely untapped percentage of the worlds population and is an enormous opportunity for them and for Russia... this is excellent because Russia would never have been able to break away from the west without western sanctions and stupidity... this turns Russia away from a trajectory of being like the US, so potentially being something better.