Putin Making His Fears Come True, Taagepera Says ({{commentsTotal}})

Political Scientist Rein Taagepera
Political Scientist Rein Taagepera Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

Political scientist and former presidential candidate Rein Taagepera says Russia is increasingly encircled by the West, but this is the result of President Vladimir Putin’s steps.

Taagepera told ETV on Sunday that Putin may have had nightmares about the West, led by the US, encircling Russia. However, that circle was not there only a few months ago.

“Now there really is an encirclement, from the Gulf of Finland to the southern border of Poland. If he keeps doing this this way, it is only a matter of time before Moldova and Georgia are admitted to NATO. What he was afraid of he is making happen with his foolish actions,” he said.

According to Taagepera, the West has been right not to recognize the annexation of Crimea, and he disagrees that Ukraine is being quickly invaded.

“He finally made it to Odessa, but it has faded away. If he keeps invading Ukraine at this pace, it will take a few good years before he completes it. That means it won’t happen,” Taagepera said.