Why Taiwan is not the next Ukraine 

“First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,” lamented Russian President Vladimir Putin in his 2005 state of the nation address.

“As for the Russian people, it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory,” the Russian leader added, referring to the traumatic economic shocks following the USSR’s collapse. 

Back then, the Russian leader was full of resentment and his country’s military capabilities were in a state of destitution. As a Russian defense minister said in the 1990s, “no army in the world is in as wretched a state as ours.”

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