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Why the West should stop being angelic towards Putin
For Vladimir Putin, the West’s tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe’s «silence of the lambs», writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia’s war.
Throughout its modern history Russia continuously tried to play a double game: to look «civilized» to please the West, but also look «sufficiently barbaric» to scare it. Combining these alternatives, it often sculpted an image of a «good barbarian», a «barbarian-you-can-accept».