Bruno Maçães, a former Portuguese Minister for Europe, has given an insight into the powerful Russian president and described some of his potential plans for the future. The 47-year-old said the president Putin has an unusual way of working and likes to send “ambiguous messages to his deputies”, in a move that is likely to create “chaos”.
Mr Maçães wrote in the New Statesman, saying: “He [Putin] will make everyone guess the meaning of his words.
“When it would go wrong, it was simply because this meaning was not interpreted correctly.
“Under these conditions, the chaos will grow, but it is seen as productive and capable of strengthening state power.”
The former European official noted Russia’s growing influence around the world – and referred to the current situation in Belarus and Europe’s problems with energy supply.
“Some leaders stand behind the order, others choose chaos. Putin believes that nature prefers chaos, so the latter are destined to win.
“Russia may be a sick man but a sick man with a gun is still a dangerous man, and in a world of chaos we can all get sick anyway. It is Russia that Putin plans to leave behind.”
Speaking in plenary, President Putin said that Covid had served as a “reminder of how fragile our society is”.
He added that climate change has become “so obvious that even the most careless people can no longer dismiss”, noting the raging forest fires in Siberia.
The Russian leader also revived the prospect of war with Ukraine after more than 100,000 troops were deployed in the region this year.
He said: “Formally [Ukrainian] NATO membership may never happen, but military expansion in the territory is already under way, and this is indeed a threat to the Russian Federation, we are aware of that. “