Russia eye’s Europe’s vulnerable edges

A Stratfor piece outlines Russia’s hybrid war strategy in the Baltics, the Balkans and central and southern Europe, which includes cyberattacks, weaponizing energy politics and deliveries, using propaganda to sow discord within the EU and NATO and supporting far-right political parties that oppose western institutions. The Stratfor column states Moscow is using a carrot and stick approach in the Balkans, rewarding friendlier countries and entities like Serbia and Bosnia’s Republika Srpska for their political and military cooperation, while punishing Montenegro and Macedonia — by backing a coup attempt and fostering ethnic tensions — over their efforts to join NATO.

 

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