Having built Nord Stream #1 Putin could afford to move against the Crimea without jeopardizing his gas business to Germany and the rest of Europe! Therefore allowing him to build Nord Stream #2 was just an open invitation to invade the Ukraine again. Germany’s drive to get out of nuclear and coal power plants in the end made democracy less safe for the free world!
No real surprise that Putin moved against the Ukraine in the Crimea during the Obama Presidency and then again during the Biden Presidency in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The nicer class has taken over in the West be it Merkel, Obama or Biden and they were all very easily played by Putin!
And that is all I’m going to say about that!