The old saying is (paraphrased) “where there is a good man, there is a good woman.” With the divorce of President Vladimir Putin and his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila Putina, finalized back in April, the Russian president has been on a tear after imposed sanctions with incursions into Ukraine, talks of alliances with Bush’s “Axis of Evil” nation states, and at the center of World War 3 posturing. Perhaps it’s time the former Soviet Union got another First Lady to quiet Putin’s rhetoric to lift his finger off the trigger of global instability.
Recently, NATO said that Russia is massing soldiers, weapons, and air defense systems inside of Ukraine and along its border. It comes at time when Germany, which is mediating the unrest between Putin and Kiev, urged both sides to work towards peace. Since the fighting broke out seven months ago in the region, over 4,000 people have been killed in skirmishes involving pro-rebels and the Ukrainian military. Thursday, according to Yahoo! News, NATO said Russia’s increased military flights over the Baltic region poses risk to commercial routes.
Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Brussels to meet with European Defense ministers, and issued a stern warning to Russia and Putin over not upholding the peace plan brokered in Belarus back in September.
“Russia has a choice. Russia can either be part of a peaceful negotiated solution or Russia can continue on a path of isolation. The international community calls on Russia to be part of the solution.”
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk wants NATO to do more to stop the advances of Putin’s military and rebel forces inside his country before the conflict reaches a “point of no return.” New sanctions are proposed against key pro-Russian Ukrainian businessmen, but no new actions are being taken against Russia at this time. Meanwhile, Putin continues to say the West is provoking Russia into a new Cold War, as spies are deported from its country.
So how does a First Lady for Russia fit into the mix? While the position is a ceremonial one, it may just be what the world needs in order to stop a nuclear-armed former KGB operative from putting the world on the brink of war. Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife, while not actively involved in politics, was likely the invisible force that kept the Russian leader’s quests for war and annexation at bay. After Putin and Putina divorced, the Inquisitr raised the question whether Vlad would become more vicious? Arguably, his latest actions and rhetoric makes the case for the affirmative.
It’s odd that the fighting in Ukraine broke out right around the time Putin and his wife ended their decades-long marriage. Perhaps she was the voice of reason, the yin to his yang, that allowed cool heads to prevail. It’s just a theory, but a First Lady for Russia’s Putin may just be what the doctor ordered.
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