The conflict in Ukraine has opened up space for intrigue in other regions: Central Asia and the Caucasus. NATO regimes would like to create problems for Russia in its near-abroad but there are serious risks for NATO as well.
Russia was left with no choice but to take strong action in Ukraine to prevent its becoming a NATO member, and to end the genocide of Russian-speaking people in the Donbass region. Moscow will not allow NATO troops on its borders, period!
There are many variables in the proxy war between Russia and the US-led NATO in Ukraine. The economic dimension is one of them but it is not all a one-way street. Since Russia’s economy is deeply intertwined with that of Europe, sanctions on Russia are negatively impacting Europe as well.
The response of some people in Europe and North America to the pandemic and its cure has brought to the fore the dysfunctional nature of Western politics. Nato regimes can no longer lecture others about science and its supremacy when their own populations are up in arms against it.
The latest round of Western sanctions on Syria are meant to starve the people and push them to a point where they will rise up against the government. This is likely to fail, as have previous attempts even if it creates much misery for ordinary Syrians in the short-term.