Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated Russian President Vladimir Putin could be making a “historic error” if he proceeds with a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“Mr. Putin’s revisionist and absurd assertion that Ukraine was ‘entirely created by Russia’ and effectively robbed from the Russian empire is fully in keeping with his warped worldview. Most disturbing to me: It was his attempt to establish the pretext for a full-scale invasion,” Albright wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times.
“Should he do so, it will be a historic error,” the previous prime U.S. diplomat wrote.
Albright recounted her impressions of Putin as the primary senior U.S. official to fulfill him after he grew to become Russia’s president. She stated she had famous on the time that he was “small and pale” and “so cold as to be almost reptilian.”
Flying again after their preliminary assembly, Albright stated she wrote that Putin was “embarrassed by what happened to his country and determined to restore its greatness,” referring to the autumn and dissolution of the Soviet Union.
On Monday, Putin introduced that he would acknowledge two breakaway territories in jap Ukrainian, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk folks’s republics, as unbiased states. Governments around the globe, comparable to these of the U.S., the United Kingdom and Canada, have been fast to reply to the transfer, issuing financial sanctions in opposition to Russia.
In Putin’s efforts to spice up Russia’s standing, Albright stated an invasion of Ukraine would solely be “leaving his country diplomatically isolated, economically crippled and strategically vulnerable in the face of a stronger, more united Western alliance.”
She wrote that since their first assembly, Putin has grow to be an authoritarian who “equates his own well-being with that of the nation.”
“He is sure that Americans mirror both his cynicism and his lust for power and that in a world where everyone lies, he is under no obligation to tell the truth,” she stated. “Because he believes that the United States dominates its own region by force, he thinks Russia has the same right.”
Albright wrote that even when Western powers are in a position to stave off an all-out conflict, Putin would merely wait for an additional probability to “strike” and stated the U.S. should “deny him that opportunity.”
“Although Mr. Putin will, in my experience, never admit to making a mistake, he has shown that he can be both patient and pragmatic,” she wrote. “He also is surely conscious that the current confrontation has left him even more dependent on China; he knows that Russia cannot prosper without some ties to the West.”