I agree with the general sentiment of this article, but I encourage you to expand your sources about Russia beyond RT, which is literally owned by the Russian government. Parroting Russian propaganda about Crimea really hurts your credibility. Putin does in fact have aggressive foreign policy goals. He is literally obsessed with reasserting Russia’s “superpower” status, meaning being able to call the shots in other sovereign countries and ultimately to displace American power from Europe and replace it with Russian power. Just as the US establishment’s scapegoating of Putin needs to be stood up to, world peace equally depends on containing Russian power.