Day 126 Roundup: G7 Pledges to Rebuild Ukraine; Kremlin Calls NATO Expansion "Destabilizing"

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    The Facts

    • The G7 summit continued on Wed., with leaders reemphasizing their condemnation of the Russia-Ukraine war and pledging continued support for the reconstruction of Ukraine's infrastructure.

    • Meanwhile, Russia has reacted to the news of NATO's expansion deal with Sweden and Finland, calling it a "purely destabilizing factor." Earlier in the week, NATO announced it will increase the size of its rapid response force from roughly 40K to 300K personnel.

    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    This invasion is an egregious violation of international law. Putin's ultimate aim is to restore the Soviet empire, even if it takes massive bloodshed and false pretexts such as calling the 2014 Ukrainian revolution after a fraudulent election a "coup". This unprovoked attack is the latest chapter in Putin's Orwellian attempt to rewrite history.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    NATO and the US have ignored Russia's security concerns by breaking its promise not to expand eastward in return for German reunification. These concerns are legitimate and taking them seriously would have avoided the Ukraine tragedy.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that there will be at least 10.1M internally displaced Ukrainians by the end of 2022 (based on a UN estimation), according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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