– Western intelligence services are looking for Putin’s weaknesses
The West wants to take advantage of the erosion of power by the Russian president, who has been subjected to some humiliation. However, his position in Moscow appears to be stable for the time being.
Matthias Kolb and Frank Nienhuysen
The pain of the decision must have been great for Vladimir Putin. When the BRICS heads of state meet in South Africa in August, the Russian president will be connected via video link from Moscow. South Africa cannot solve the dilemma that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for the head of the Kremlin. Putin should keep his distance at the summit, which is being hosted by a friendly country. People in Russia also realize that their boss radius is shrinking. Is Putin slowly losing face and weight at home?