While we're on the subject of the geopolitical earthquakes that have been continuing with breakneck speed ever since the Ukrainian mess, and the Russian-Chinese intervention in Syria, it's worthwhile to step behind the squabbling in the Middle East to see what "the big boys" are saying, particularly in Europe, in this article shared by Mr. B..:
The message here is crystal clear:
It is now critical for the EU to work on its relations with Russia, Juncker said in the southern German town of Passau: “We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia. It is not sexy but that must be the case, we can’t go on like this.”
Moreover, the US needs to keep its influence out of EU relations with other countries, Juncker added.
“Russia must be treated decently … We can’t let our relationship with Russia be dictated by Washington.”
EU-Russia relations have deteriorated since the EU imposed sanctions on Russia for its alleged role in the Ukrainian conflict. The Russian government has unswervingly denied these allegations. (Boldface emphasis added)
Reading between the lines a bit, what Mr. Juncker is really saying is that it is time for Europe to stand up to Washington, and tell it to "butt out" of trying to dictate European policy - economic, political, or otherwise - toward Russia.
This was an inevitability, for in the long term, Washington's pressures on Europe are not sustainable. Europe is reliant upon Russian energy, its exports to Russia are significant, and in any case, that business with Russia can continue through Russian Allies such as China. More to the point, Europe has little to gain, and almost everything to lose, by escalations in military tensions between the USA and Russia. And equally between the lines here is the assumption that Russia is involved in the Donbass, and seeks to reintegrate the Ukraine into Russia itself, a consistent meme of American coverage of the Ukrainian fiasco.
Europe has had a long history of Washington's heavy hand in recent years: the Bosnian intervention, Kosovo, and now the Ukrainian mess and the refugee spill-over from an apparently botched policy in Syria and elsewhere.
Behind this, however, is Washington's real fear, one admitted recently by the head of the USA's STARTFOR: the real goal in American policy in Europe has been to prevent a Russo-German alliance, or even, at a lesser level, a Russo-German Entente.
And Washington is not unjustifiably concerned about such fears:
Meanwhile, the Ukraine continues to dig itself into a moral and political hole with actions such as this:
Just in case you missed what kind of regime Washington is backing in Kiev, ponder these words of Mr. Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Ukraine's Interior Ministry:
“I think that their faces [on TV] will be enough, so that Islamic State militants and their supporters in Russia, the majority of whom are in the Caucasus region, could then find them and take revenge [on them] under Sharia law,” the Facebook user wrote to Gerashchenko.
Gerashchenko, who also attached an RT video showing Russian military jets in Syria in his post, seemed to be inspired by the idea. He urged everyone who has any information about Russian servicemen fighting ISIS in Syria to report the data on the volunteer-made Mirotvorec (Peacekeeper) website. For such information, there would be a special section, entitled “Putin’s crimes in Syria and Middle East.”
IN a geopolitical climate where Russia has made it abundantly clear that it will combat terrorism, this probably wasn't the wisest course for someone in Kiev to be openly promoting.
See you on the flip side...