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EU nations must prioritize defense spending by carving out money from social programs to deter Russia amid the Ukraine conflict, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has argued.
In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Frederiksen said the EU should try to avoid the mistakes of the 1930s, when the continent failed to check Nazi Germany's expansion, and focus on what she called a "more aggressive Russia" by "scaling up" defense.
Russia has stated that one of its key objectives in the Ukraine conflict is to "denazify" the neighboring country. Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, which were designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state, was a significant contributory factor to the conflict.
Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev's goal regarding the agreements was to use the ceasefire to buy time and "create powerful armed forces," a position which was later echoed by ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel and ex-French President Francois Hollande, who helped broker the agreement.
Frederiksen urged European powers "to admit that we haven't used enough money on our own defense and security" since the end of the Cold War, pouring funds into welfare and tax reduction instead.
"And by the way, we have to remember that the bulk of this money is going right back into the US to make those weapons," Nuland saidthe Danish PM appears to be advocating for a win-win. A win by pouring EU tax money into the US Military-Industrial Complex, and advertising the carrot of defeating Russia to protect US hegemony in Europe. The reaction of the Danish PM comes while others say: Washington's 'credibility at stake' - Polish FM or 'Russia must win this war' - Canada's Trudeau, and France creates coalition to arm Ukraine with long-range weapons How it all began was never of much interest to these countries, only few talk about it: Slovakia's PM Fico: Ukraine's 'rampant neo-Nazis' were cause of war, Kiev NATO membership is attempt to start WWIII
"It's not the Russia that, frankly, we wanted. We wanted a partner that was going to be westernizing, that was going to be European. But that's not what Putin has done."Putin's predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, enjoyed Washington's support as he oversaw the rushed privatization of the Russian economy in the 1990s. Yeltsin's reforms saw the rise of the so-called 'oligarchs', who amassed huge fortunes selling Russia's natural resources to Western buyers, while the majority of the population dealt with declining life expectancy, soaring crime and homicide rates, and the collapse of the ruble.
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"It's not the Russia that, frankly, we wanted," Nuland told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. "We wanted a partner that was going to be westernizing, that was going to be European. But that's not what Putin has done."Below are some headlines related to the the OSCE over the last few years:
Putin's predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, enjoyed Washington's support as he oversaw the rushed privatization of the Russian economy in the 1990s. Yeltsin's reforms saw the rise of the so-called 'oligarchs', who amassed huge fortunes selling Russia's natural resources to Western buyers, while the majority of the population dealt with declining life expectancy, soaring crime and homicide rates, and the collapse of the ruble.
Putin, who first took office in 2000, is widely credited with taming the oligarchs, imposing public order, and reversing the economic and social decline of the 1990s. Putin initially sought friendly relations with the West, telling American journalist Tucker Carlson earlier this month that he asked then-US President Bill Clinton whether Russia could one day join NATO, only to be rejected.
Putin nevertheless reached out to Clinton's successor, George W. Bush, with a proposal that the US, Russia, and Europe jointly create a missile defense system. While Bush's team initially expressed interest, Putin said that "in the end they just told us to get lost."
A combination of NATO expansion, American support for jihadist groups in the Caucuses, and Nuland's orchestration of the coup d'etat in Ukraine in 2014 made it clear that the US and its allies were not interested in cooperation, Putin told Carlson.
Nuland told Amanpour that Putin has "destroyed his own country" by intervening in Ukraine, and that the US will "continue to tighten the noose on him," presumably by supplying Kiev with weapons and imposing additional economic sanctions on Moscow.