Yevgenia Albats, who serves as editor-in-chief of the independent The New Times magazine, says Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants to have the kind of international order that Stalin agreed to have with Roosevelt and Churchill,” at the end of World War II.
“That’s what he wants; he wants to think himself as a nowadays Stalin.”
Albats says she believes Putin decided to invade Ukraine months ago, “when he realized that he was unable to force the West to provide him with the kind of world – international arrangements – that he wanted, that is to say, that he wanted to divide the world into spheres of influence and assign Russia all the former Soviet Republics … he decided to start the war”.
On UpFront, Yevgenia Albats, a journalist and author; Stefanie Babst, the former deputy assistant secretary-general of NATO; and Agnia Grigas, an author, and Atlantic Council senior fellow, join Marc Lamont Hill for a roundtable discussion looking at Putin’s possible reasons for launching the invasion of Ukraine and the likely consequences of his war – not just for Ukrainians, but for Russian citizens as well.
Editor Notes: The opinions contained within this video are not based on facts but opinions and, maybe, educated guesses. The media continues to analyze Putin and try to understand his motives. It is impossible for anybody other than Putin to understand these actions. No disrespect is targeted at Al Jazeera. We consider them to be a reliable news source. This content is editorial and not factual. The content is irrelevant to the events currently taking place. Putin needs to end regardless of his motives.