Putin wants half of Europe

“A declining power can be more dangerous”

Good editorial article in the Telegraph this morning by Henrique Raposo, after Putin’s completely illegal invasion of Ukraine, pointing out that if Europe does not respect itself through the reconfiguration of its security and energy policy, all the countries of the former Warsaw Pact will feel a constant fear and, in that fear, the extremist and pro-Russian forces will gain even more weight, creating thus Putin’s dream: dividing Europe along the old borders of the EEC

Putin is like the PCP: thirty years later, he refuses to accept the outcome of the cold war, the collapse of communism and the defeat of Russia. What does he have to offer? A successful political model? A successful economic model? A thriving society? No. Russia is a great power in decay that clings to this military bravado to hide precisely its decay. There’s only one thing working: gas and oil, which feed a slew of kleptocrats who buy football clubs in Europe and, of course, the military apparatus. The rest is a disaster. Worse, it’s a muzzled disaster. And a declining power can be more dangerous than an ascending power, because it has nothing to lose; chaos gives him status, protagonism, illusions of grandeur, ego.

And the problem is that the Russian ego does not accept the will of the peoples of Eastern Europe. From the Baltics to the Balkans, people have chosen to embrace the Western model, because they consider it superior to the Russian model. 1989 was made by the local people, not the West. It was the people who in successive elections supported politicians who wanted and want the EU and NATO. Was the West reckless in accepting this wish? But what did we do? Have we left all these nations in a void at the mercy of what is now being seen? That is why – in the Russian view – democracy in Ukraine is unacceptable because it undermines the idea that democracy is not for Russians, it undermines the idea that Russia can only be controlled by a Tsar.

So, if we Europeans want to defend multilateralism, if we want to defend the principles that have kept the world above the anarchy and wars of the past, then we must seriously recover the spirit of NATO and give the EU the dimension of a classic power. that she never had. In a decade and a half, this is Putin’s third war: Georgia, Crimea and now Shakhtar. Taking Ukraine for granted, the question now is just one: what are we going to do when Putin directs his aggression against states that are already in the EU and NATO, such as the Baltic republics? Are we doing everything to ensure peace of mind and peace itself for all democracies in Eastern Europe?

If the European reaction to this aggression in Ukraine is not strong and decisive, if Europe does not respect itself through the reconfiguration of its security and energy policy, all the countries of the former Warsaw Pact will feel an asphyxiating fear and, in that fear, the extremist and pro-Russian forces will gain even more weight, thus creating Putin’s dream: dividing Europe on the old borders of the EEC. Putin knows what he wants in geopolitics. It is us? Have we reduced geopolitics and the defence of values ​​to our shower of water heated with Russian gas?

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13 thoughts on “Putin wants half of Europe”

  1. Lest we forget he without sin cast the first stone…? Blair & Bush destroying Afghanistan & Iraq, Cameron destroying Libya…? Yes these countries were run by Despot Dictators, however so is the UK.

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  2. How will Europe manage without Russian gas? With the Baltic States, Poland, Germany and Italy being highly dependent on the continuing flow of gas from Russia. Apart from the UK and Portugal, many EU States will have difficulty in finding alternative supplies in the short term. Also the world is dependent on Russia for many critical materials that cannot be sourced elsewhere. Nearly all Titanium is mined in Russia as is Palladium etc. No doubt Putin took this in to his calculations before deciding to invade.

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