Russia And Greece

If you missed the story of Russia coming close to getting both Zelensky and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece, I’m not surprised. Very little coverage (and downplayed) in corporate media. Little surprised at that given how many seem to want to escalate things, and killing the PM of Greece would surely do that.

Over on Twitter, I remarked that either Vladimir had become untethered from reality, or that the people under him did not have the sense God gave a gopher (embrace the healing power of ‘and’ I know). Someone immediately took me to task for failing to understand that Russia and Russian’s don’t think the way we do. No duh. Also, great way to tell me you’ve never read a word I’ve written about Russia since I’ve been jumping up and down on mores and how they don’t think like us since the early 80s.

However, I stand by what I said. Here’s why. For all that I’ve tried to point out that Vladimir and Russia made the decision to invade without consideration for or of world opinion, that it was strictly based on internal considerations, I also will admit that he did take a quick look at the world before committing. Fact is, Vladimir does not think much of Joe Biden or the Regency, nor much for most other Western leaders. His thought was that they would not really do anything other than talk. That once the offer of evac was rejected by Zelensky, they actually did support Ukraine and provide aid was a bit of a shock. Coupled with the results of rampant corruption in/of the military, things went badly. To be polite. Of course, using the same plan as ’68 down to many of the same units without updating wasn’t exactly optimal.

For all that Vladimir and most of the top people in Russia (including his opposition) are mostly focused on internal issues and perceptions, they also do have to have some consideration for world reaction. There are, after all, certain diplomatic niceties that have to be observed, including being fairly certain that if you off the leader of another nation, that nation and others are likely to be a tad bit upset.

Now, Vladimir doesn’t consider Greece to be a threat, as they are not a member of the nuclear club. Compared to the official numbers of Russian troops, ships, etc., the Greek military is not a threat. Problem for Vladimir is that those official numbers are crap, and they are only producing new weapons with massive help from Western companies who are cheerfully defying all blockades and sanctions to provide Russia with components and equipment. Previously posted my thoughts on that.

Fact is, Greece is in a geographic position to be a huge pain in Russia’s rump if things go hot between them. Russia depends heavily on a lot of “civilian” shipping that has to pass through the Aegean Sea to or from it’s way to the Black Sea. Vladimir it seems thinks that Greece will do nothing if their PM gets offed while in Ukraine. I think he’s very, very wrong.

If not a serious attempt to get Zelensky and Mitsotakis, it was very much a message. Vladimir has already made clear his thoughts about Greece supporting Ukraine, and on the visit. If he thought wacking the leader of another country like he would opposition at home was a good idea, he has become so focused on internal that he’s lost all contact with the outside world and how it operates. Hence, untethered.

Now, if this was “just” an attack on Odessa harbor by Russia’s military as claimed, that they launched it while the PM of another country was there visiting then they clearly don’t have the brains God gave a gopher.

Somehow I doubt that they did this without approval of higher, which pretty much means Vladimir. So, at best it was a message and at worst it was an attempt to eliminate two key opposition figures — which is how Vladimir sees it. Fact is, he doesn’t see Greece as a threat. Then again, he didn’t see Ukraine as a threat either. Have the feeling that this attack is going to have repercussions that somewhat (repeat, somewhat) echo the latter. Getting the strong impression that Mitsotakis was not cowed, but may even be pissed off. I don’t think that’s going to end up going well for Vladimir, who needs to start thinking past the end of his nose.

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9 thoughts on “Russia And Greece”

  1. Maybe it was just Vlad’s spiteful, Parthian homage for Victoria Nuland. I mean, “Mitsotakis, who?”

  2. You would think that killing the head of state of a NATO nation would be an act of war. Given that the NATO charter provides that an attack on one NATO nation is an attack on all, it sure looks like Vlad is trying to start a war with NATO, and counting on Joe Biden and his handlers to do the Neville Chaimberlain thing and fold.

    1. It should be, but have grave doubts (all puns intended) that it would be. Regretfully, think Vladimir is right on his assessment of the Biden Regency and large chunks of NATO leadership (cough, Germany, cough) and that nothing would be done other than talk and yet more sanctions.

  3. Did 0bama/bidenfraud send a message; “Tell Vladimir that this is my last election. After this next election, I’ll have more flexibility”.

  4. Did 0bama/bidenfraud send the message; “This is my last election. After the next election, I’ll have more flexibility”?

  5. I have to laugh. The pussies running NATO and the EU cannot keep Houthis from attacking their shipping. They can’t and won’t do anything about it themselves. Imagine what happens after Greece attacks Russian shipping. The pirate submarines would sink every Greek registered ship in under a week.

  6. “Russia depends heavily on a lot of “civilian” shipping that has to pass through the Aegean Sea to or from it’s way to the Black Sea.”

    More than that – look up the shipping bloggers reporting on the cluster of POL tankers all stopped together in the Aegean, where much ship-to-ship transferring of price-capped oil products from Russian hulls to not-Russian hulls takes place, so that said oil products can then be sold right around the sanction price caps at much higher market rates. Oil is still the number one revenue source for Moscow.

    Perhaps the FSB found out this sanctions-bypass facilitation location in Greek territorial waters was one of the things Zelensky and Mitsotakis had on their agenda to discuss?

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