If you want to encourage something, then you take steps to encourage it. Wasting a lot of energy trying to discourage something else is not productive. Trying to bully some random 3rd party does nothing to help your alleged goals. This is all about “pandering to the base”. It’s the same kind of nonsense that Republicans do. They do it for the same exact reasons. If the Russians think that they are being “anti-West” then they are sadly deluded. Putin is acting just like Bush/Romney/Ryan/Santorum.