So, is Putin on edge? Or does he just want to show Biden and the West who’s really in charge post-summit, and establish who is indeed the master of all red lines encircling Russian interests? Or is this all simply Putin’s post-summit posturing? Most likely, all of the above.
The problem, of course, is that Putin — not to mention China’s Xi Jinping — are doing their best to establish their own international order based on their rules. If it’s simply a test of whose side is bigger and stronger, then the United States and its allies must simply stand together with even greater determination.