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He kind of is pro Russian but doesn’t go very far in being pro Russian if you know what I mean. He has stopped Slovakian military aid to Ukraine and says nice things about Putin. But he also says nice things when he meets an Ukrainian minister and he doesn’t obstruct in the manner of Orban. But he likes Orban and Putin. Complicated :smiley:
Janus is a good word. Janus Populist (see, I just invented terminology :stuck_out_tongue: )
But yeah, his political base is very pro Russian, but his party elite and him, are perhaps more pro power.

Yeah, it’s a complex position your comments have addressed nicely. I think the challenge in describing the position is that when you have a pariah state like Russia is viewed as now, anything other than frank rejection of them is reasonably interpreted by many to be pro-pariah.

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Thanks for the explanation.

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Thanks for the explanation! And while complicated, I think you have managed to put in a very fair description and probably the reality. I am very far removed from understanding the politics in this region but generally I find that people and especially media loves to define people very quickly, its either here or there, never a combination or middle ground etc. For that matter, I have found Russia to be disgusting the moment they just practically walked into Crimea years ago unchallenged but yet like I said, the history and cultural background of this region will heavily influence how politics play out and I cannot claim to understand any of that compared to yourself and some others here.

And its disgusting to resort to kill someone just because you don’t agree.

Seems like it should be headline news everywhere …
https://x.com/IneBackIversen/status/1793055246782198073

https://x.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1792996396926120049

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Finland barked and made a ruckus.
But it was pulled suspiciously fast from the RU newspaper as well… I think this was indeed scheduled for release, but only after the war has been concluded or close to being concluded, so someone had a bad day at the office in Russia. Russia does not need argus eyes on future territorial expansion ambitions at this particular point in time. But it’s an example of the probable future if/when Russia wins in Ukraine, since Russia’s main goal is the destruction of NATO. How can this be achived ? By taking NATO territory that is very small or where there are no people (they are already building a case for Svalbard as we well have noticed in Norway), which would be perfect to challenge Article 5. Why ? Because NATO does not go to war automatically, everyone has to agree. Would everyone agree to go to war against Russia for some minor territory where there are no people, such as economical zone at sea ? Russia probably doesn’t think so, and so will make these attempts in the future against NATO state if they win in Ukraine, to better erode away NATO and destroy it piecemeal as Article 5 is all about credibility.

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