A conservative columnist calls on NATO to stop provoking Russia. A left-wing commentator thinks that President Putin wants to restore his power through the military.
The NATO provocation along Russia’
In Népszabadság, Gábor Miklós suggests that President Putin is flexing his muscles with provocative military manoeuvres so that he can strengthen his power at home – rather than preparing an attack on his Western neighbours or NATO members. Russia is no real threat for the Western world or NATO, the left-wing commentator contends. He suggests that Putin’s real enemy is democracy, the rule of law and a free media. The Russian economy is in a severe crisis and thus President Putin wants to increase his popularity by fighting imagined external enemies, Gábor concludes.