“according to which the centre of the Eurasian continent was the natural locus of supreme power. Perhaps it was this formula that drew Russian interest:
Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;
who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island;
who rules the World-Island controls the world.”
(Mackinder, Democratic Ideals and Reality, p. 194)”
Personally, I think Putin is far smarter than anyone thinks. He’s certainly the best player on the present board. Do not underestimate him. If he appears to be ‘losing’, he must want to. Waiting on his cards.