The current construction of European energy independence will cost Moscow not only economic decline but also political destruction.
In fact, the Kremlin, relying on energy blackmail, has been wooing political concessions from the West in one way or another since the start of the Cold War.
This system somehow functioned for more than 70 years, being for Moscow a guarantee that the West would not go for a sharp escalation of relations because this would cause an economic collapse within the European community.
Putin, like a true mediocrity, destroyed everything on which the project of a “Eurasian state” was based.
Let me remind you that the project of “terrible Moscow” existed due to blackmail on 2 axes:
– energy dependence;
– armed (nuclear) recklessness.
The energy needle has been removed.
The military potential of Russia is now considered more or less realistic: Putin has proved that Russia has a worthless army, as well as an insignificant air defense system.
There was only one “reinforcement of statehood” – the nuclear one. And it looks like she’s just as badass…