Estonian PM: Russia provoked by weakness, not strength

Ukraine's Western allies must commit to victory over Russia and not fall into "traps" laid by the Kremlin, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in a Feb. 11 interview with the Austrian news outlet Der Standard.

Kallas has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion in early 2022.

"We should not fall into the various traps that have been set," Kallas said when questioned about the war in Ukraine.

"It is a mistake to believe that the war can be won quickly. Russia is preparing for a long period of war. The war will continue until Russia realizes that it cannot win."

Kallas's strong words of support come as doubts rise regarding the long-term stability of Western aid to Ukraine.

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Talaraine ,
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I think he's right, but is anyone else annoyed at the suggestion that anyone is truly 'provoked' by weakness. Prob just a translation thing?

ChunkMcHorkle ,
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No, it's a real thing. Some people see weakness and are either neutral or inclined to defend; others see weakness and become emboldened to exploit.

Think of a person who lives to bully. It's this in a nutshell. It's not that they cannot or will never be provoked by strength, it's that their primary taste in interacting with others lies in finding the weakest in every situation and then fucking with them endlessly (or until they get popped in the jaw).

Ms. Kallas' statement was true on both a personal level regarding Putin, and a national one regarding Russia, IMO.

Plopp ,

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Gradually_Adjusting ,
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To understand Russia now, you must first understand Ivan the Terrible.

rammer ,
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_the_Terrible_and_His_Son_Ivan#/media/File:Iv%C3%A1n_el_Terrible_y_su_hijo,_por_Ili%C3%A1_Repin.jpg

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