뉴트 깅 리치: Biden-Putin summit – what Russian leader's Soviet-KGB mindset means for relations with US

I was on a congressional delegation visiting Moscow when Boris Yeltsin was president and the West had great hopes for a more open, democratic 러시아. I went to see the then-vice president, who was an air force general, in his office. One entire wall of the room was a map of the Soviet Union.

Being cheerfully ignorant, I said to him, “고쉬, that’s a map of the Soviet Union.

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He looked at me and he responded, “예, and that’s what it’ll look like again.

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Putin himself has expressed similar sentiments, calling the collapse of the Soviet empire thegreatest geopolitical catastropheof the 20th century.

One can’t underestimate how important Putin’s experience as a Soviet agent in the KGB was – and is – to his mindset today. 과연, we should think of Putin as a rational man, but rational from the framework of a Cold War-trained KGB officer who regards a certain level of violence and brutality as just how business gets done.

The KGB considered the West an enemy and anything damaging that happened inside the Soviet Union a result of Western influence. This same thinking continues to dominate the minds of Putin and his associates today.

The bottom line is this: We won’t be seeing a Russian reset anytime soon – especially if American leaders don’t establish credible deterrence.

The notion that we can discuss current trends in Russian assassinations is quite telling about how strange and brutal Putin’s regime is.

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