The alternate reality that is Russia, seeped in paranoia about both internal and external threats, is causing some Russians to bluster. This is a TASS article at the bottom.
In regards to Ukraine Russia is still pushing the “civil war” concept instead of admitting Russia has invaded Ukraine. Peskov says,
“In fact, it is a country where civil war is going on, but the final decision will be made in Brussels [where the NATO headquarters is located],” the Kremlin spokesman added.
Right now Russia is part of the CSTO. One of the few ways Russia can “counter” NATO expansion is through CSTO expansion. Currently, CSTO has 6 members and 2 observers.
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