Friday, April 01, 2022

Joe Biden or Angela Merkel as the cause of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

In the United States, opponents of President Joe Biden, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have taken to blaming him for Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine: “When Trump was President, they didn’t take anything. And now Biden’s President, and they’re rolling into Ukraine.” In a review of a biography of Putin's adversary Angela Merkel in The New York Review of Books, though, Fintan O'Toole more convincingly reads the invasion through her departure as German Chancellor: "The buildup to his invasion of Ukraine began in November 2021, just as her chancellorship was winding down. [...] Putin decided to send a sharp probe into the highly uncertain territory of post-Merkel Europe." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 1 April 2022)


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