Manipulation is a key ingredient in any long-term abusive relationship, because people don’t tend to stay in abusive situations unless they are manipulated into doing so. This is true whether you’re talking about romantic partnerships, governments, or globe-spanning power structures.
Is Russia a part of Europe? According to the map its origins definitely lay in Europe. But it sees itself unique civilization with influence beyond its current constricted borders.
If Russia, America, China and other nations were to apply their best minds to solving these problems rather than fall into a new arms race, then not only would either country benefit immensely, but so too would humanity more broadly.
Russia has been paying the Afghan Taliban bounties for American scalps. How do we know? Because the New York Times tells us so