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Russia Threatens Europe with Nukes Again, Gets Tepid Response

Has Putin lost all of his once-formidable reputation?

Is Russia reign of international terror over?

Well, surely they’ll be in Ukraine committing atrocities until the western world finally decides to put the proverbial boot on the throat of their oil industry, but the more general question is:  What will be left of Putin’s Russia when the Ukraine conflict ends?

The world no longer respects Moscow, and we certainly aren’t afraid of their military now that we’ve seen what sort of bumbling buffoonery they bring to the table.

So that leaves Putin with his nukes, which he has threatened to use on several occasions in recent weeks, often as a deterrent to those who look to defy his personal world view.

Europe isn’t even batting an eye anymore.

Russia will have to bolster its defenses in the Baltic Sea — including a potential nuclear escalation — if Sweden and Finland join NATO, Moscow said on Thursday.

“There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic – the balance must be restored,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s security council and former president of Russia, said, Reuters reported.

“Until today, Russia has not taken such measures and was not going to. If our hand is forced, well … take note it was not us who proposed this,” he added, according to Reuters.

But…

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said Russia already has nuclear weapons in the area, according to Sky News.

“The current Russian threats look quite strange when we know that, even without the present security situation, they keep the weapon 100 km from Lithuania’s border,” Anusauskas said. “Nuclear weapons have always been kept in Kaliningrad. The international community, the countries in the region, are perfectly aware of this. They use it as a threat.”

The sheer absurdity of Putin’s behavior of late has had many wondering if there isn’t some new fatalism in his ethos, or if perhaps the reports of his terminal cancer are true.

Cross-posted with Flag and Cross

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