According to Professor Grigory Yudin, the Russian leader believes that a reestablished Greater Russia (which resembles the Soviet Union) is unimaginable without a Warsaw Pact. And that military alliance included not only Czechia, the Baltic states or Poland, but Hungary and East Germany as well.
Putin wants Eastern Europe, not just Ukraine
“We cannot have the USSR and not have the Warsaw Pact”, Yudin told the Daily Mail, a British daily. ‘This kind of ideology [is what Putin thinks]’, he added. According to Professor Yudin, Poland, Hungary, and other Eastern European countries are ‘toy states’ for Putin because Moscow needs to control them to feel safe.
Here is the video:
The Russian political scientist believes that Putin would like to reestablish the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. The latter was the nickname of the barbed wire fence separating member countries of the Moscow-led Communist and US-led capitalist-democratic block during the Cold War era. Interestingly, only a few people wanted to escape the fence to the East. Most citizens wanted to leave the Communist block to live free in the West. In 1956, Hungary declared, for example, that they would like to become neutral like Austria. The answer was thousands of Soviet tanks crushing the freedom fight.
- Read also: Orbán: No telling what will happen to Russian-Hungarian relations, Europe is being redesigned
New Iron Curtain
Therefore, according to Yudin, even Hungary cannot feel safe from the Russian dictator. Before, he said that Putin would like to escalate the war to settle things with NATO and Ukraine. Thus, Ukraine is just the appetiser. Other experts, however, believe that Russia would never be able to beat NATO with traditional weapons. In a nuclear war, the Earth would become a desolation in just minutes, so that kind of warfare is not worth it for any country.
German tabloid Bild did not believe him and called his allegations unthinkable and comedy, but he replied ‘Why do you take this as a joke? There is nothing funny about it. Of course, Putin – as a [KGB] officer who served in East Germany – thinks that it is stupid to give this territory away, and it should be taken back.”
He referred to a paper Russia published in 2021 saying they want NATO out of Eastern Europe. Otherwise, there will be war. And that is the plan they currently carry out.
The Orbán cabinet in Hungary condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and has voted for all the EU sanctions so far. However, they cleared that they did not agree with those steps and added that Budapest would never deliver arms and weapons or ammunition to Ukraine. The government keeps highlighting that they would like Washington-Moscow negotiations about peace in Ukraine and an immediate ceasefire.
Dr Yudin is a professor at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
Source: Daily Mail
please make a donation here