Russia is preparing for a confrontation with the West.

This was stated by Vadim Skibitsky, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, in his commentary. According to him, after the recent presidential “elections” and the consolidation of power, Vladimir Putin began active preparations for a future possible confrontation with Europe, NATO and the United States.

Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) have also made comments about this. In their recent assessment think-tank mentioned that Putin’s efforts stabilize Russia’s economy and finances are “most likely part of Russian financial and domestic preparations for a potential future large-scale conflict with NATO and not just for a protracted war in Ukraine”.

It is important that this confrontation will not use only military means. Russia is stepping up its disinformation and propaganda efforts against Western countries.

One example of this is the Russian influence network recently uncovered by Czech counterintelligence. This network was aimed at interfering in the internal affairs of EU countries and influencing the results of elections both in these countries and to the European Parliament. The actions of Czech law enforcement agencies were extremely effective: the individuals involved in the network were immediately included in the sanctions list, their accounts in the country were frozen, and the propaganda website was blocked. Czech counter-intelligence also noted that some European politicians from Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Hungary received bribes from Russian agents.

That is why the West should keep a close eye on any pro-Russian figures or organizations, as they do not abandon their aggressive plans. Sanctions against Russian businesses and industry, blocking of Russian NGOs and media are essential to maintain European security.

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