The Russian invasion of Ukraine, as it has been explained by the Kremlin, is nonsensical.
You see, Vladimir Putin and his cronies have continually suggested that their reason for brutally attacking this sovereign, neighboring nation was that “nazis” had overtaken the government there. This is silly, of course, because the President of the Ukraine happens to be a Jewish descendent of Holocaust victims.
And then there were claims from Russia that they could not allow NATO to expand their influence into Ukraine – something that wasn’t really even a possibility before the invasion.
Now, thanks to Russia’s belligerence, two other European nations have decided that they’ll be joining NATO, possibly to spite Putin.
This has Russia issuing some threats that few think they can actually follow through with.
Russia has warned Finland and Sweden against joining Nato, arguing the move would not bring stability to Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “the alliance remains a tool geared towards confrontation”.
It comes as US defence officials said Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has been a “massive strategic blunder” which is likely to bring Nato enlargement.
US officials expect the Nordic neighbours to bid for membership of the alliance, potentially as early as June.
Of course, knowing what we know about the incompetence of the Russian military, (and the decimation that it has already faced in Ukraine), it is unlikely that the Kremlin has any real hope of deterring the move.