The war in Ukraine initiated by Russia is about to reach its second month in progress. Since last February 24, the Russian army has taken control of some key points in the country and has besieged cities like Mariupol.
However, the impossibility of taking kyiv, the resistance of the Ukrainian troops, the high number of soldiers killed in combat and a succession of logistical failures has forced the Kremlin to readapt the initial strategy, which was the complete seizure of Ukraine. To the point that, after several days of stagnation, Russia has focused its target on Donbasterritory dominated by pro-Russian rebels.
During this time, in the midst of talks with Ukraine to reach a definitive agreement for peace and with the sanctions on the Russian economy announced by the West, Moscow has also retaliated. she has done against those countries dependent on gas and oil Russian. In addition, during this period of time there has been speculation about the possibility of a Russian attack against NATO territory.
The Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky spoke on this stage. In an interview granted to the ‘CNN‘, who was the richest man in Russia in 2004 with a fortune of more than 10,000 million euros according to ‘Forbes’, has explained what the Kremlin leader’s next target would be. “I’m convinced that, if Putin decides that he has won in Ukraine, the next step will be to take over the Baltic countries“.
“Putin is at war with the United States and NATO”
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are part of NATO since 2004. However, Khodorkovsky has assured the aforementioned media outlet that Putin is not at war with Ukraine. “Putin is at war with the United States and NATO”said the oligarch.
However, this is not the first time he has spoken out against Putin. In another interview on ‘France24‘, he argued that the invasion in Ukraine was a “political suicide” for Putin. “You can’t win in Ukraine, even if you take kyiv or Kharkov,” he specified. Khodorkovsky spent nine years in prison after, according to his version, Putin accused him of committing financial crimes. His enormous fortune vanished.
A conflict that could rise to a global scale
If this scenario were to occur, the Atlantic Alliance would get fully involved in the conflict, by applying article 5 of its Treaty to come out in defense of the attacked territory. In this way, the Treaty is orchestrated under the collective defense principlewhich is the unique and permanent principle that unites its members and establishes a spirit of solidarity in the Alliance. If a country that is part of NATO is attacked, the rest of the member countries will come to its defense.
If Putin decides to attack NATO territory, whatever it may be, would escalate the war started in February in Ukraine on a global scale, so the member countries of the organization would increase their military involvement against Russia.
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