Vladimir Putin’s regime has long invested in holding Moldova within its orbit. The dark operations of its military and intelligence services have been illuminated by various reports; its “peacekeeping forces” (an army of occupation) have severed the long sliver of Moldovan territory it calls Transnistria from the rest of the country, and its state-owned energy companies have delivered misery to the population and its economic prospects.
The West invariably plays by the rules while our enemies break them. It’s time to bend them, a little.
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has caused immense human suffering alongside a catastrophic hit to Ukraine’s stock of capital and its productive capacity. Estimates suggest the economic losses might be anywhere from $500bn-$1 trillion and counting, as Russian missiles continue to rain down.
Russia’s invasion has global repercussions, yet non-Western countries remain reluctant to take sides. Economic interests, perceived Western double standards, and Moscow’s narratives all play a role.
Since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany’s energy and defense policies have transformed. Berlin must now push for a more integrated, resilient Europe.
The United States’ space budget is far and away the largest on earth. With 62 billion dollars of expenditure on its space programs last year, U.S. government spending outweighed that of all other governments combined ($41 billion).