With the NATO summit in Brussels quickly approaching and President Trump planning talks with Putin soon, and wth the World Cup happening in Russia right now, all eyes are on Eastern Europe. Heritage scholars advise us to still be vigilant in monitoring our relations with Putin.
The timing of the FIFA World Cup potentially has ominous implications, especially given how different Russia is today than it was when it originally won the FIFA bid in 2010. Heritage expert Alexis Mrachek released an article on the topic in nine different publications last week, where she noted that since winning the bid, Russia has annexed Crimea, invaded Georgia, claimed 10,000 lives in the war against Ukraine, and has interfered in American elections. This relatively quick change for the worse means that we as Americans should be very careful in dealing with the nation.
As such, Heritage experts Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis recommend that the United States make Russia a focus for next week’s NATO summit in Brussels. In a report released last Friday, Coffey and Kochis highlight that Russia is the only existential crisis to NATO countries, and that as an alliance founded to protect its members against invasion, NATO should go back to basics and make defense against Russia its first priority. Coffey and Kochis elaborate on the point in another report, where they point out that many NATO countries have decreased defense spending over the last few years in spite of the stipulations of the North Atlantic Treaty, and despite increasing pressure from Russia. In order to properly defend against threats from the East, they say, it is crucial that America stresses that every country needs to make a commitment to common defense.
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