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The Goals of the West & Putin | Quick Take | GZERO Media

Authoritarian Russia's lies and the risk of escalation against NATO

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody, Ian Bremmer here. And a Quick Take for you starting off the week. Once again, we're 10 weeks in and I wish I had something, anything good to say about the war in Ukraine. I'll find something for you by the end of this, but most of the signals are really heading negatively and very quickly.

The Russians are taking more territory in Donetsk and Luhansk, the focus of this second phase of their special military operations as they call it. The Ukrainians, having said that, are ramping up their attacks inside Russia. And we're seeing a lot of sabotage, a lot of fires, some strikes across the border. One of the explosions in a tank regiment was outside of Moscow. So this isn't coming from Ukraine directly, but maybe it's sympathizers inside Russia.

We're not, of course, hearing anything from the Russian government explaining any of this, nor should we expect to. Looks like the Russian army chief of staff was actually injured by a Ukrainian strike while he was on the front lines, but on the Russian side.

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US President Joe Biden

Annie Gugliotta

Biden goes to Europe to talk Ukraine. Will it make a difference?

Wars can make or break political careers. They present opportunities for leaders to show off their statesman bonafides, or alternatively, to flounder.

The test is on this week for US President Joe Biden as he heads to Europe to shore up allied resolve against Russia’s assault on Ukraine. Biden likely hopes he can rally European countries to put further pressure on Moscow and force the Kremlin to make some concessions. Can he pull it off?

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A protester holds up a sign calling for NATO to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

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Should the West say no to a no-fly zone?

Debates are raging about whether the US and its allies should enforce a no-fly zone over Ukrainian airspace. Some observers say it is the surest way to protect Ukrainians and push back against a Russian air campaign. Others say that such a move would be catastrophic, ushering in a third world war.

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Ian Explains: Putin's NATO Miscalculation | GZERO Media

Putin's NATO miscalculation

After weeks of military buildup and lies, Russia has attacked Ukraine.

We are watching a worst-case scenario — a full invasion by land, sea, and cyberspace — play out in real time. With diplomacy dead, Western allies are now turning to sanctions.

The mood was somber at the recent Munich Security Conference, where world leaders were scrambling to avoid exactly this outcome.

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Putin Shouldn't Test NATO Unity, Says Analyst Alina Polyakova | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Putin shouldn't test NATO unity, says analyst Alina Polyakova

The US has been leading the flurry of diplomacy to stop war in Ukraine. Why? For Ukraine expert Alina Polyakova, because the Europeans are not united.

NATO's response is thus (so far) fractured, she tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

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Europe & US Plan Harsh Measures if Russia Takes Action Against Ukraine | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Europe and US plan harsh measures if Russia takes action against Ukraine

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Europe this week from Brussels.

Are Europe and the US really aligned when it comes to reckoning what the Russians might be up to towards Ukraine?

Well, first, we don't really for certain know what Russia is up to. The military preparations for an invasion are there. There's no question about that. But exactly how he wants to handle this politically is somewhat uncertain. He has made demands. He's put down the gauntlet against the West in a way that is absolutely extraordinary. So exactly how this will end, we don't know.

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All Eyes on Russia Ahead of Putin-Xi Meeting | Quick Take | GZERO Media

All eyes on Russia ahead of Putin-Xi meeting

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here. Happy week. We are still in the thick of it when it comes to all things Russia. So let me jump right in.

Latest on the Russia front. Well, really, over the last six weeks, if you weren't paying attention to what people were saying and just what activities were going on on the ground, what you'd be seeing was steady escalation, more and more Russian troops with offensive capabilities to the front, both at the direct border with Ukraine, as well as now into Belarus as well, ostensibly for exercises, but we don't tend to see coincidences in this line of work.

And if the Russians wanted to engage in a full-scale invasion, they're not quite there yet, but they certainly will be by the time the Olympics are over. That's relevant, by the way, because there is this Olympics moratorium on fighting, which is at the United Nations, but which the Chinese actually not only co-sponsored, but actually drafted along with the United Nations leadership. And to the extent that President Putin cares at all about his relationship with China, and Beijing hosting the Olympics and Putin, traveling right over there, it is very, very, very hard to imagine that the Russians would engage in any direct military activities in Ukraine before the Olympics are over. And certainly not while Putin is over there in Beijing for the opening ceremony.

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Podcast: Ukraine crisis: the signals pointing to Russian invasion

Listen: Tensions in Ukraine are high as Russia builds up its military capacity along the border. Cyber attacks on Kyiv have also increased. Can the US and NATO do anything to deescalate the situation, or will Putin decide to invade?

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