By Olena Snigyr, associate expert ot the Centre for Global Studies Strategy XXI
For Moscow to succeed, it is important to stay in the game as long as possible. This can be achieved by providing a sufficient level of uncertainty among the world community about their intentions and actions - to pretend to be an alternative. Misinformation and propaganda provide the right level of uncertainty. But this only works if everyone agrees with Russia's rules of the game: only the military and intelligence behind closed doors say what is really going on, and politicians are publicly helping the aggressor "save face."
Washington has decided to leave this "Russian comfort zone". By reacting loudly to the Kremlin's preparations for military aggression against Ukraine, the United States is pursuing several goals. First, the advantage of the suddenness effect that the Russians used in the context of their already destabilized European security system is disappearing. Western countries reacted to the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation ex post facto, even in assessing these actions, not to mention making decisions about the consequences for the aggressor. Today, preparations for war have been praised by most Western leaders, and attempts by some European politicians to flirt with the Russian aggressor are no longer perceived as their political foresight.
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