[..]”Vienā dienā – un es domāju burtiski vienu dienu – viņš vienkārši ieņems Rīgu un Tallinu . . . Tas viņam prasīs burtiski vienu dienu. Nav nekādas iespējas, ka viņi spētu pretoties,”[..]
[..] Un tad mēs teiksim cik drausmīgi, cik briesmīgi. Bet, protams, mēs neko nevarēsim padarīt neriskējot ar potenciālo kodolkonfliktu”.[..]
Zbigņevs Bžezinskis, bijušais ASV prezidenta padomnieks nacionālās drošības jautājumos
UPD1 Tas pats autors citā šīs dienas intervijā:
[..]Can Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime withstand a prolonged period of low energy prices and Western sanctions? What risks do you see emerging should Russia’s economy continue to decline, with Putin increasingly unable to reward his political base?
There is, of course, a danger that at some point Putin may choose to lash out and create a truly massive international crisis, and perhaps precipitate some new form of direct East-West warfare. But to say that, one must also assume that to some extent he himself is unbalanced and has shifted from a kind of guerilla warfare against the West, always with some possibility of retreat, to all-out combat. The outcome of that would be inherently unpredictable, but probably in any case very destructive for Russian wellbeing. If Russia’s economy continues to decline, and if the West succeeds in deterring Putin from further use of force, it is still conceivable that some acceptable resolution (a form of which I recommended publicly by talking about the Finland model) may be contrived. But that depends in turn on the West’s firmness in supporting Ukraine’s efforts to stabilize itself.[..]