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Status of Transatlantic Relationship | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Putin aims to draw Belarus into Ukraine war

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics.

What's the mood in the transatlantic relationship?

Well, not bad. Certainly not, but not as good as it should be. There's been or there is a substantial European irritation with a very high level of subsidies that is given to industries in the US, excluding European deliveries of electric vehicles and energy investments and things like that. And that is causing a somewhat of a mini crisis that I hope will be resolved in the next few months. Let's hope for the best.

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Ukraine’s Bridge Attack on Putin’s 70th Birthday Can Have Consequences | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Following Ukraine’s Crimea bridge attack, expect Putin to escalate "until he collapses"

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics from Bodrum, Turkey.

What is happening with the war in Ukraine?

Well, most spectacular was, of course, the Ukrainian attack against the bridge over the Kerch Strait, linking Russia proper and Crimea that the Ukrainians carried out on Mr. Putin's 70th birthday. The mood must have been very somber in the Kremlin when they saw the videos of that particular attack. But Mr. Putin is likely to escalate. I think he will escalate until he collapses. And I hate, have to say that I fear that also nuclear weapons at some point in time might be part of his efforts in that particular respect.

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Putin would rather die than admit defeat in Ukraine, says former Croatian president

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović knows a thing or two about Vladimir Putin, who she met multiple times when she was Croatia's president. So, how does she see the future of Russia's war in Ukraine?

It's not looking good.

In a Global Stage livestream conversation held at United Nations headquarters, Grabar-Kitarović says that Putin is unlikely to back down from a "special military operation" driven by what the Russian leader sees as Western humiliation during the Cold War.

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Will Putin declare “war”?

When he invaded Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to believe victory would come quickly. Once he realized he’d miscalculated Russia’s military strength and badly underestimated Ukraine’s ability and willingness to fight, as well as US and European determination to back Kyiv, Putin had to scramble. It hasn’t been easy to maintain the fiction that the fighting would never demand compromise from Russia’s government or sacrifice from Russia’s people.

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What Putin’s Victory Day speech means for the war

What Putin’s Victory Day speech means for the war

Every May 9th Russia celebrates Victory Day, an annual holiday commemorating the 1945 Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II (known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War).

This year, President Vladimir Putin was widely expected to use the occasion to do one of two things: either declare victory in Ukraine and lay the groundwork for some sort of frozen conflict, or escalate—turning the “special military operation” into a proper war, ordering a general mobilization of the Russian people, announcing the annexation of Donetsk and Luhansk, or going nuclear (figuratively, though sadly not entirely) and taking the war to NATO.

As it turns out, he did neither.

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