Many pundits suggest that there is now an ice-cold war, due to Russia deploying military to the Artic. Russia found a new ice cube to put a flag on. This new found island of approximately 500 square meters sits about 1 meter above water. Russia plans to have military bases all along the Artic border by the end of 2014. This ice-cold war is equivalent to saying the road behind was rocky, as we approach the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
Maybe Vladimir Putin was feeling cocky when he annexed Crimea earlier this year. His attitude hasn’t appeared to change much since, as Russia invades territories underwater and in the air. Sweden has been concerned that a Russian Submarine threatened their waters. Russia replied, “Wasn’t us.” They then suggested Sweden point fingers at their Dutch neighbors instead; they’re the ones speaking Russian in the deep seas. Unhappy with what’s become of the Soviet Union, the Russian President looks to rebuild what has fallen.
Russia has yet to acknowledge they have lost power. Instead they say it’s the West who refuses to acknowledge how powerful they are. As a response to actions necessary to ease sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared there will be no acceptance of conditions. The foreign minister says they’re already doing more than anyone to bring an end to the conflict, and help reorganize the Ukraine. (Volodymyr Verbyany, 2014) They view the United States as a relationship that’s in their past, and both sides continue to severe ties.
The Kremlin must think fast when faced with hard times. McDonalds became a target in August of this year, and locations throughout Russia have continued to close since. A Russian watchdog claims it’s due to “safety and quality” reasons. When sanctions bit Russia, the Kremlin super-sized his attack on the golden arches. He got his teeth back.
Volodymyr Verbyany, D. K. (2014, 10 20). Russia Won’t Accept Terms to End Sanctions Over Ukraine. Retrieved 10 22, 2014, from BloombergBusinessweek: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-10-19/ukraine-fighting-simmers-as-no-breakthrough-at-talks