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Will Russia’s Attacks Seep into NATO’s Territory

One of the situations being watched closely is the possibility of Russia’s attacks leaking into the NATO countries nearby. Director Perez spoke on this possibility and how far Russia could possibly go.

Javier Perez, EU Director of the Americas: “We sincerely hope that we will not come to that scenario but we have to keep in mind that we are dealing with someone that is not fully thinking in rational terms as we do. I think that President Putin is driven by many different instincts that do not, as I said, correspond to the rational way we used to think. This is someone who clearly has many complaints referring to history. He feels somehow humiliated by the collapse of the Soviet Union so he’s not dealing, as I said, we’re not dealing with a rational lucid interlocutor. He is someone who right now seems to be driven more by rage and I would say even inferiority complex that other elements so it’s difficult to predict how far he would go but I think that the fact that he has seen this incredibly strong international reaction is going to make him measure very carefully his next steps. So whilst we cannot exclude anything at this point in time, I think that the most likely scenario is that given what has happened internationally, given as Marianne said the impact of the sanction on the Russian economy, he will probably not go further than what he’s doing now.”

Reuters News Agency reported today that US President, Joe Biden traveled to Europe for the emergency NATO summit on Ukraine, where invading Russian troops are stalled, cities are under bombardment and the besieged port of Mariupol is in flames. Four weeks into a war that has driven a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people from their homes, Russia has failed to capture a single major Ukrainian city or depose the government, while Western sanctions have ostracised it from the world economy. Russian forces have taken heavy losses, been frozen in place for at least a week on most fronts and face supply problems and fierce resistance. The leaders are expected to roll out additional sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Sources said the U.S. package would include measures targeting Russian members of parliament. Biden will also visit Poland, which has taken in most of the more than 3.6 million refugees who have fled Ukraine and has been the main route for Western supplies of weapons to Ukraine.