A Europa, entre Bush e Putin
«Mr Putin may be paranoid. It is a long tradition among Russian leaders. He may be dictatorial and delusional, as with his weekend claim to be a "pure and absolute democrat" (though perhaps this was his idea of a joke). But when it comes to security issues, he has a point. Russia's development of a new generation of Star Wars-busting missiles, its growing disdain for the conventional forces and intermediate nuclear forces treaties, and now its threat to target European cities - probably rhetorical but still alarming - are contingent on the missed opportunity of 2001.
Mr Putin's unassuaged fear of the west means the west must now fear him.» (Simon Tisdall, The Guardian)