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Ian Explains: How to Avoid World War III | GZERO World

How to avoid World War III

On May 9, Vladimir Putin marked Russia's Victory Day in World War II by ... celebrating the invasion of Ukraine.

Putin has co-opted triumph against the Nazis to justify his aggression by claiming a delusional Nazi threat in Ukraine to justify the war. But this is nothing new.

Indeed, former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb says Russia never really moved on from World War II, relying on the narrative that "the rest of the world is out to get us" to drum up patriotic sentiment.

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Russia Pushed Finland Towards full NATO Membership: Former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb | GZERO World

Russia has pushed Finland towards full NATO membership: former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb

Russia’s war in Ukraine has implications for its relationship with its next-door neighbor—Finland. In this GZERO World interview, Ian Bremmer talks to former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb, who explains why Russia’s invasion has sparked Finland to shift from neutrality to an open embrace of NATO.

He believes Putin will fail at the three things he is trying to accomplish: annex Ukraine; push back NATO's borders to where they were during the Cold War; and prevent Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance.

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Putin Only Understands Power and Force, Says Finland’s Former PM | GZERO World

Putin only understands power and force, says Finland’s former PM

No, says former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb — who knows a thing or two about this stuff as he helped broker a cease-fire between Russia and Georgia in 2008 — about Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.

"In this particular case, we are beyond the point of no return," he tells Ian Bremmer. "The only thing that he understands is power and force, I'm afraid. He's not gonna back down."

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Finland’s NATO Membership Hopes | GZERO World

Finland’s NATO membership hopes

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed long-neutral Finland into openly embracing NATO, which would not go down well in Moscow.

Still, former PM Alexander Stubb tells Ian Bremmer that "we Finns are pretty calm, cool and collected" and that the response to Vladimir Putin should be that we understand your issues, but "we are a sovereign, independent nation-state and take our own security [and] political decisions."

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Putin Past the Point of No Return | Finland's Former PM Alexander Stubb | GZERO World

Putin past the point of no return

The West is already at war with Russia.

NATO boots may not be on the ground, but the US and its allies are helping Ukraine with arms and cash, and by upping the pressure on Moscow with tough sanctions. Vladimir Putin knows this, but he's fighting a 20th-century war in 2022 — and losing on global PR and social media.

Meanwhile, the ripple effects of the conflict are spreading well beyond Ukraine's borders. And one country watching very closely is Finland.

On this episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb, who explains why his country has gone from longtime neutral actor to NATO hopeful.

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Podcast: Why Putin will fail: former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb

Listen: The ripple effects of Russia’s war with Ukraine are spreading well beyond Ukraine's borders. And one country watching very closely is Finland. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer talks to former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb, who explains why his country has moved from neutrality to an open embrace of NATO. He believes Putin will ultimately fail at the three things he's trying to accomplish: annex Ukraine; push back NATO's borders to where they were during the Cold War; and prevent Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance. Stubb — who once helped broker Russia's 2008 cease-fire with Georgia — believes Putin has backed himself into a corner and won't back down on Ukraine. Ten years from now, Stubb anticipates a Russia that will be as isolated as North Korea is today.

Listen to Ian Bremmer's interview with Finland's former Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb.

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China Is Wary of Supporting Russia: Finland’s Former PM Stubb | GZERO World

China is wary of supporting Russia: Finland’s former PM Alexander Stubb

Russia's war in Ukraine has thrown China into the global spotlight for some troubling reasons — and at a very bad time for Xi Jinping. What's on his mind now?

Former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb tells Ian Bremmer that Xi is likely worried more about domestic stuff like zero COVID, his own political future, and perhaps turning inward on the economy. Even some instability in Europe is not so bad for Xi because the focus on US-Russia takes attention away from rocky US-China ties.

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