it will stop & reverse NATO expansion & create a buffer/security zone that will buy time in the event of another invasion/subversion from/by the West.
Any attempt by the west to invade Russia... whether from Poland or the Baltic states across the Ukraine or Belarus or from those areas will result in NATO forces being obliterated as they form up... to invade Russia they would need an enormous ground force which they could not hide the assembly and creation of... preemptive self defence would make it carnage and would render NATO forces incapable of normal operations for a decade.
Whether the invasion started on the borders with Poland and the baltic states with the Ukraine and Belarus, or the borders of Ukraine and Belarus and Russia would make very little difference... those massed up forces will be obliterated as soon as they moved... this is not Europe 1941... the Russians will know what is happening even if it is because a few NATO soldiers realise this is suicide and warn the Russians of the orders they have been given.
unless it's a hybrid war like the current being waged against Syria, China, Venezuela & Iran
The physical boundaries of Russian political and military and economic reach really don't matter in cyber or hybrid conflicts either... what the west did to Syria and Venezuela they can't do to Russia... they are trying all the time of course but it doesn't work.
they r adversarial by default & their own admission anyway. What does Russia have to lose by not being nice to them & their cronies?
If Russia suddenly becomes unfriendly and difficult to work with it will do more to earn the image created by western propaganda than anything the west could possibly do to hurt Russia and her interests.
Just the same the US can't withdraw from everything and just look after its own interests because its power would collapse and the isolation would be enforced by everyone else...
It never lost its imperial status; regaining control of those republics will better preserve the 3rd Rome & protect all those Russian native speakers in the former USSR. FYI, Brezinski died last year.
Never lost its imperial status in the west because it is a derogatory term they don't like to apply to themselves even though it is vastly more applicable to what they do and how they operate... I mean look at America in Iraq today... America says it is fighting for freedom and democracy and projecting peace in to the region by refusing to leave when asked... every body else knows it is a occupation with the US sending more imperial storm troopers in to enforce their will...
And good news that
is dead... must look him up if I am ever in the neighbourhood so I can piss on his grave... like he deserves... hopefully Hilary Clinton and Madeline Allbright can be buried next to him... preferably while they are still alive....
but it's still harder to defend the enclave w/o direct access by land.
Only during war time... and now they can send tactical nuclear weapons by the thousands there on all sorts of long range missiles that will be cheap to make... cruise missiles are like cheap little drones... the expensive precise guidance is not needed with a nuke warhead designed to destroy a target the size of a city... even inertial guidance would be good enough for most targets... like London and Paris and Bonn or Berlin... or all of the above and more.
there r also many locals, some related to Afghans, that can be used to destabilize those stans & conduct terrorist attacks in Russia itself, just like Chechens done in the Caucasus & elsewhere in the RF.
Russia doesn't have a land border with Afghanistan so whether the crazies are contained in Afghanistan or leak into former soviet republics it really doesn't matter.... find and identify them and close those borders to prevent access to Russia... it makes little difference to Russia whether that hard border is between a stan and Afghanistan or that stan and Russia... borders are borders... some of the problems might walk over the border but much more will fly or sail or drive from a completely unexpected direction... Russia has to deal with any contingency.... and destabilising those stans can happen whether they are part of a new soviet union with Russia or not, and actually if they manage to destabilise them the chances of hurting Russia becomes much higher because security wont be as high there...
But the US is constantly finding ways to bog down Russia with the ultimate aim of Destroying it, Russia cannot live a normal existence if America is always there to slap Russia in the face in a daily basis.
The behaviour of the west in general and the US in particular has taught the Russians that trade is possible but friendship is not likely... in your life there are people you don't like... sometimes you can take action to remove the problem... if you don't like the local barber then find another place to get your hair cut. Of course sometimes you wont even know... you might never meet the owner of the local supermarket and you might never talk to him and find he is pro nazi or some other thing you don't approve of... in which case things will continue anyway... you buy groceries from him.
The point is that the west and the US are actively trying to find ways to upset or hurt Russia and in doing so are pushing Russia away from them so that is actually good for Russia... Russia can have a normal existence... they just need to become more independent and look for other countries shunned or abused by the west and create a losers club... the amusing thing is that the west is declining but by creating a losers club alternative more countries can grow and develop and access new technology without having to engage or cooperate with the west... which will make them more independent.... when you cut the blood/food supply to a tick or a leech then eventually it starves and dies... or it adapts to eat its own shit... which is what we are seeing now...
I dont see the US collapsing, it needs to happen now.
When you see your enemy making a mistake don't interrupt them... the collapse is not inevitable, but if they keep their current course it probably is.
Why are you against the idea of a Soviet style collapse of the US?
Well I am not really, but I would prefer to see a Czech republic and Slovakia type split than an actual new civil war... civil wars are brutal and usually much more bloody than wars against other countries.
But fundamentally I think Hawaii would be better off as its own country rather than a naval base in the middle of the pacific for the US which is what it is... and I suspect a lot of the bible belt conservative christian states don't want to be in the same union as the liberal urbanised democrat states...
Are you afraid that the ensuing worldwide changes will somewhat affect your current lifestyle?
It is the Americans that think they are the centre of the universe... not me... I think the elimination of the United States of America would be a good thing world wide... instead of getting their entertainment shipped to us in a flash shiny package we would have to make our own and I suspect we could do much better... but I also know we would enjoy our own propaganda better than we enjoy theirs...
But it is like food imports for Russia... when it was available cheap available food from the EU made producing food in Russia hard and practically non viable because you couldn't compete with established players. Add some sanctions and Russian food production has become strong... if the EU food is ever allowed back in (up to them of course so probably not now) then they will face stiff competition from Russian producers with the advantage of the ruble on their side... in fact as I said the EU probably wont be able to lift restrictions ever again because if they did to try to get their producers back in to the Russian food market the Russian producers might flood the EU market with cheap quality food that the EU companies can't compete with... instead of the EU making money feeding Russia the Russians might end up feeding Europe...
If your current luxurious lifestyle is made possible by the continued existence of the US, then people like you are part of the problem.
My luxurious lifestyle... you know me so well... NOT.
My problem is I have way too much stuff...
...except semi auto rifles of course...
The most valuable resource of all, Land. And with a carefully planned policy of Russification, there will be no "Belarussian, Ukrainian or Astanis to talk about because the people of these new territories will be "Russians".
It already has more land than it knows what to do with or to manage... and to be honest it is going to cost a fortune to fix those countries and drag them up to standard and keep them there... and the people have the potential to be a total pain in the ass... it really just is not worth it.
Again you are missing the point. If the population of Ukraine have been Russified then these people will be Russians so what are you talking about making improvements to Russians first?
If is the biggest word in the English language... if they were Russian then there wouldn't be a problem they would already want to join the Russian federation.
Some prefer to speak Russian... which I can understand... if some coup happened here in New Zealand and the new nutters in power made up of the greens and the maori parties decided that english is the language of colonialism and that english is now banned and you can only speak Maori then I would probably behave the same way some people in the Ukraine did... that is not to say I want New Zealand to become part of the UK... I am not British... I am a New Zealander. Not really interested in killing anyone over that, but push comes to shove I will be speaking english... or at least what we call english....
At present, the people of Karelia are "Russians" but give them independence and with the help of Western brainwashing in a decade these people will consider themselves as "Karelians" and not Russians.
Why can't they be both?
Ukrainians living in the Ukraine have no reason to become Russia citizens except to protect themselves from their own government... if they were really Russian citizens then they would likely move to Russia... they are not pro Russia, they are anti Kiev and the assholes the US admit they installed into power.
The proof is that Joe Biden withheld funding for the Ukraine to ensure the company his son was paid a salary by (I doubt he actually worked for them), and when exposed by Joe Biden admitting to it in a talk he gave there were no consequences... as US Vice President at the time he had the right to manipulate and control the law and justice system of their little colony Ukraine that they bought and paid for with 5 billion dollars.... that is a lot of cookies, but less when you expand the budget to include Georgian snipers to kill people on both sides to stir things up into a frenzie so no one really uses common sense when making decisons which is why they were such bad decisions... a bit like making gun laws just after a shooting rampage by an idiot...
But neither can admit that now.
It was a mistake to promote this idea, The Government back then should have went ahead with an aggressive policy of Russification. Another big blunder by the Soviets is by allowing self determination of these so called Republics through referendums, such approach can be easily exploited by Russia's enemies.
Any real blunder was similar to the UK with their Brexit referendum.... referendums are just sales and marketing and the best sales and marketing companies know flashy and shiny and not too technical wins the day unless what you are selling is actually any good... in which case you just have to show how your product is better than theirs.
What the government needed to do was to take more time and educate the public with the real results of breaking up and inevidably being used by the west against the remaining most powerful part (Russia). Also expose western attempts at interference and misinformation so the public was more aware of what they were choosing and what was at stake... if they still choose the west then that is their problem and they will live with the consequences... which they are.
I am sure if Brits had known what a half arsed mess Brexit would become a lot more would have voted to stay... but the elephant in the room is that if they voted to stay then the next step should have been that the fact that they had the vote in the first place shows the EU is not working for the UK so what sort of changes need to be made to the EU to make it more worth staying within... and I think a few other EU countries might have very much sympathised with that and put in their own two cents and they might have generated enough energy to make some serious and fundamental changes to the EU because it is pretty clear it works better for some countries than for others and sometimes not all the countries like the official line they don't agree with and never got to vote for or against...
Americans brutalized the native Indians, America is still around, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc still has the British Queen as their "Head of state", The
The colonial empire model should have kept Britain at its head, but the Americans kicked them out and so have Canada and Australia and New Zealand. The last three see the Queen of England as their head of state and she is on our money and stamps, but she has no power here except symbolic since the 50s and 60s.
Ironically the beaten child continues the tradition... Australian and New Zealand troops interfere in Indonesia (East Timor) when it suits us, and of course we have our island protectorates like Samoa and Fiji and various islands and for some time we were shit scared the Russians were coming to take them away.... but now we are scared that the Chinese were going to come and lure them away with money and baubles...
Yugoslavia could have exterminated any separatist movements in the country if only NATO pigs did not meddled.
Funny you are anti west but tow the party line... the real removal of ethnic diversity happened after NATO arrived... serb churches thousands of years old caught fire and there was no one there to protect them in Kosovo... after NATO removed Serb forces... and in most of those new countries the serb population dropped dramatically fairly quickly but as a war crime was largely ignored by NATO...
This is the problem, you are advocating for a humane approach, but Russia's enemies are okay using any methods they can to achieve victory.
Call me old fashioned but if Russia has to become the US to survive or even win then what the fuck difference does it make if they do... it would be more of the same with a different wrapper. If they can do it while maintaining some integrity and honesty then the improvement will be refreshing and something I would actively encourage... whether it came from Moscow or Washington to be honest... I don't want Russia to win and the west to fail... I want the winner to act more like Russia does now because it is vastly more ethical and moral than the US has been for 80 years. which is not saying a whole huge amount... is it wrong when the snake oil salesman offers you a health tonic to cure all your ails to want to find someone who is actually selling the real thing that does what is promised?
Russia needs to adopt the same if not more aggressive methods to win. Never mind the means, What is important is the End goal.
No it isn't... if you are protecting a lady from some animals if you end up getting down there in the mud shagging and biting your way through their number to get them under control I don't think many women will wait for you to clean yourself up after you had bitten and shagged to death all the dogs that were attacking you...
Or more practically... if you have to become what you despise to win then what value is there in winning... Lance Armstrong used to be able to say he had won all these bike races... now what he can say is that his cheating with drugs cheated a lot of people out of medals and races they deserved to win... but you are saying not only should Russia take drugs but also hire assassins to kill off anyone that might beat them and then hire guards because once you start hiring assassins then they will too and everything gets harder and much more dangerous... and blurry in terms of who is the good guy.
But all these movements have been encouraged by Russia's enemies. Without any dark schemes from the British or France or all other rivals, Russia could have easily crushed these movements and forced them to submission. After a generation of Russification, these people will be brainwashed enough to consider themselves as Russians, once they think and believe they are Russians then it is mission accomplished, all Russia has to do is maintain it that way. Period.
Such weak and easily manipulated people... would they even make good russians... half of them took to Nazism so easily after germany invaded in the 1940s and again now that the EU has taken them over... they readily became anti russian at the drop of a hat... who wants to actively integrate a 5th column into their organisation... and for what benefit... a few more lazy anti establishment losers?
This only works in a perfect world. But with America and NATO around, it will be very difficult to make these goals achievable because NATO will continue to generate trouble for Russia to keep it from growing.
But it is working... chinese people are crossing the border to work in farms in Russia, and Russia has almost no debt and a growing economy and is fixing problems as it can... it is now producing its own food and exporting it... producing its own medicines and perhaps soon exporting too, I really don't see what you think they could do different that would make things better for them... the US is turning Russians against them one at a time... ask Maria Butina... and the more the west imposes sanctions the stronger and more independent Russia is becoming... without this isolation Russia would have become part of the west which would have prolonged the west with more resources to ultimately steal... Putin has found a fine balance.... they talk about Russian aggression but only to conceal their own... Russia hasn't moved to NATO borders... Nato borders are coming to them... and Russia being more aggressive would have suffered more... they wouldn't be part of SWIFT and while they have developed alternatives now it would have hurt in the early 2000s for the things happening now to have happened.
Especially with the US waking up to how vulnerable they are to Irainian weapons and therefore the threat that Russian weapons represent....
But if its America, a Californian consider themselves as American, a Texan consider themselves as American, a native in the reserves consider themselves as American, But a Russian in Siberia identify himself as a Siberian. So America always wins and Russia always lose right?
American wet dreams about a separatist Siberia aside there is no actual evidence of this at all... it will remain an american wet dream...
So America wins because America is asleep and America always wins when it is asleep, but Russia lives in the real world and it is pretty clear that Russia is winning despite having the economy of some tiny country that doesn't have satellites in orbit or hypersonic missiles in testing or nuclear weapons every bit as good as the worlds only super power has...
And because of sustained Western propaganda and brainwashing, Ethnic Han in Taiwan now thinks they are Taiwanese and not Chinese. But when its the other way around that will benefit Russia or China suddenly it is not feasible and is only destined to fail
Because you are believing what the western propaganda is telling you... I knew a few Chinese guys from Hong Kong here at university and they considered themselves Chinese... I also worked with a couple of Chinese New Zealanders and they say they are ethnically Chinese but they are Kiwis... what is wrong with that.
The US looks at Chinese moving from China over the border to Russia and suggesting the Chinese are taking over Siberia... well they put Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII because they didn't trust their loyalty, but when push comes to shove those Chinese people in Russia will consider themselves Russian... and whether they do or not it doesn't matter... this is not Kosovo... the Russians could go in and arrest all the rebels take their citizenship documents if they have any and anul them and then state they are chinese nationals and deport them back to China.
There was a story on RT about US vietnam vets moving to Vietnam to live because living costs and medicine is cheaper than in the US... they also mentioned a few American farmers moving to Russia to settle down too... go figure... would not have happened in the 1990s... of course western propaganda wont tell you about that, but it is not like an invasion is happening either.