I'm not Russian, do not speak Russian, and have never been to Russia.
But that's the party-line isn't it. Anyone who doesn't go along with treating Russia as a pariah is labelled a Russian troll.
You call Russia a monster. In terms of monsterness, I doubt if Russia's in the worst 50% of the countries of the world, many of whom the West regards as friends.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran are amongst the worst countries in the world. Saudi Arabia is probably the worst. They kill gays.
Saudi Arabia is conducting genocide in Yemen, being on one side of the civil war there with Iran on the other side.
Turkey is a NATO ally and EU prospect. And conducting an ongoing genocide against the Kurds (not to mention historical genocides against Armenians, Pontiac Greeks, Assyrian Christians, amongst many others)
Despite Saudi and Turkey being actual monsters, the West is friends with them.
John Quincy Adams famously said that "[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. "
Thomas Jefferson said, "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none."
The US is spending what, $750B a year on defense. Many of the NATO countries are getting a free ride, because few if any other than the US and UK meet the NATO requirement that they spend 2% of GDP on defense.
We were promised a "peace dividend" when Reagan won the Cold War.
Here's what Ike said in the 1950s:
March 2016: Is Trump Right About NATO?
The first NATO supreme commander, Gen. Eisenhower, said in February 1951 of the alliance: “If in 10 years, all American troops stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned to the United States, then this whole project will have failed.”
As JFK biographer Richard Reeves relates, President Eisenhower, a decade later, admonished the president-elect on NATO.
“Eisenhower told his successor it was time to start bringing the troops home from Europe. ‘America is carrying far more than her share of free world defense,’ he said. It was time for other nations of NATO to take on more of the costs of their own defense.”
No Cold War president followed Ike’s counsel.