It is only the awesome, brainwashing power of our state-corporate media that makes it possible for anyone to imagine that this is how Great Powers behave in the real world. If foreign policy really worked that way, planet Earth would long since have been transformed into a paradise of peace, equality and justice. We need only look around us to see how close we are to achieving that aim.
RAND Corporation’s 2019 report “Overextending and Unbalancing Russia” specified “cost-imposing options that the United States and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress Russia’s economy and armed forces and the regime’s political standing at home and abroad.” This infographic shows the measures that the report’s authors believe would bring the highest benefits.
The referendums set a dangerous precedent for the rulers of Western “democracies,” in addition to constituting a direct and serious non-military threat to the sustainability of their Ukrainian project.
In 2022, the Central European nation of Slovakia has supported Ukraine with more than €154m in military aid. This includes S-300 air defense system, Mi-series military helicopters, self-propelled howitzers, and Grad multiple-rocket launcher rockets as well as tracked infantry fighting BVP-1 vehicles. However, the public opinion is not as pro-Ukrainian as the country’s government.