Putin wanted Trump over Clinton. It should have been Clinton’s greatest non-endorsement. Putin feels the breakup of the Soviet Union was a mistake, and some of the Baltic states should be part of Russia. Putin has expansionary ambitions.
Sanctioning Russia for the hacking efforts was a tough call for Obama. It was an executive order, but this time Republicans did not fight him. Trump has the authority to reverse these orders- and I think he will. Trump’s response was weird at best, praising Putin for not responding in kind, with expulsion of US diplomats.
Trump is very used to project management. In fact, he is a master at it. His team will come up with a 100 day plan, mainly dealing with domestic issues, including the repatriation of overseas funds. He has repeated attacked the NATO alliance and the UN. Now, he will need these organizations more than ever, and a lot of diplomacy to curb the ambitious Putin.
With the transition underway, and resistance from Democrats on every level, I believe this will be the opportune time for Putin to make his move. I’m not certain where, but the western side of the Ukraine or one of the Baltic states would be obvious targets.
The Trump test is coming. I wish he makes the right decisions as what happens in Europe affects everyone. Lesson to Trump – globalization is not a choice, it is a reality.