I don't think it was supposed to work out that way. There are some in NATO who actually try to blame Putin for the strange turn of events in Europe. He has nothing to do with it, the Kremlin has nothing to do with it. It's just one European leader after another making very bad decisions on a range of issues and now the consequences have converged, like an avalanche meeting a steep slope.
Well, here is Steve Cohen's discussion with John Batchelor last night about the NATO-Russia situation, which gets more serious by the week. As to the European situation, it too gets more serious by the week.