The Russian President simply wants the Ukraine to be ‘his’….
That is not all….
He wants no Western troop’s there and certainly no NATO hook-up from the Ukraine or in any other country Russia ‘owned’…..
It would appear he is trying to re-event the old Soviet Union……
One could think that the Russian President is testing and American President that he saw evacuate troops from Afghanistan and is preoccupied with dealing with China….
But the latest announcement by the Kremlin underscores its confrontation with the West over Ukraine, which Russia views as part of its political orbit.
Russia published two lists of demands — to Washington and NATO — the latter calling for the removal of all NATO military infrastructure installed in Eastern European countries after 1997, effectively seeking to rework the consequences of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 that left Russia weakened for years.
The demands on NATO would also prevent the alliance carrying out any military activity outside its territory in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan….
“Moscow has not only been asking for things it cannot get, but in a way they know will ensure they cannot attain them. Serious negotiations are done behind closed doors. Something is very wrong with this picture,” tweeted military analyst Michael Kofman, of the CNA security think tank, adding that Russia’s mounting demands “should make one pessimistic about the trajectory.”…