- Russia has plans to reassert itself as a world power.
- President Donald Trump’s attacks on NATO advance that goal, according to retired US Army Gen. Ben Hodges.
- But Russia has its own problems, and they may get in the way of President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is gaining a political edge in Europe, thanks in large part to President Donald Trump, a recently retired US Army commander in Europe told Business Insider.
To recap all the recent tumult: Trump began a NATO summit earlier this month with more criticism of the alliance, calling Germany a “captive of Russia” and saying other countries were “delinquent” in their defense spending. He ended it by demanding NATO members increase their defense budgets to 2% of GDP by January, six years ahead of the agreed-upon deadline.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
- Great-power competition is growing in the Arctic, but lawmakers want to cut funding for the US’s next icebreaker
- Western navies are worried about Russia’s submarines, and the US Navy is placing an order for more sub-hunting gear
- China’s massive ‘Belt and Road’ spending spree has caused concern around the world, and now it’s China’s turn to worry