The Kremlin's Efforts to Avoid Conflict Brings More Conflict
Paul Craig Roberts
The Kremlin has demonstrated that Russia is reluctant to take decisive action. That doesn't mean Russia won't. Indeed, the Kremlin's reluctance almost guarantees that Russia will be forced into decisive action.
Ukraine steals Russian assets — https://www.rt.com/business/560345-ukraine-seized-russian-assets/ — and Ukraine outside Donbass is permitted life as a country at peace. There is no Russian interference with the government with which it is at war. This encourages more Ukrainian provocations.
Instead of retaliation against her enemies, Russia cooperates with them. Russia permits Ukrainian grain to flow, thus providing Ukraine with more funds for war with Russia. Is the Kremlin more concerned with the hunger of foreigners than with the life of its own soldiers? https://www.rt.com/russia/560389-grain-ships-ports-turkey/ Washington wants to brand Russia a terrorist state, and Russia continues to ferry US astronauts to the space station, carrying on a partnership with a country with which Russia is at war.