It may have fallen off of the lamestream news media's malfunctioning radar, but there was a stern warning from Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Sergei Lavrov in the wake of the recent visit of the EU's Grand Vizier Josep Borrell to Moscow, and renewed efforts of the Anglo-Sphere and EU to extend the sanctions regime on Russia and the Bidenenko regime's push for more of the same (have to protect those investments in The Ukraine, after all). Again, not for nothing do we find Victoria Nuland back in the State Department mix. Remember her? Of "F*** the EU!" fame? She's baaaccckkk...! I don't know about you, but it seems "inadvisable" to have a potty mouth like Ms. Nuland in any senior diplomatic post, especially when both the USSA and Europe are in such a fragile state, and especially since such childish language never crosses Mr. Lavrov's lips. Mr. Lavrov, unlike Ms. Nuland, at least thinks before he speaks, and chooses his words and diction carefully. And on top of that it's probably not a good idea for American "diplomats" (and I'm using that term very loosely) to piss off countries like Germany, France, Italy, not to mention Russia. At the rate the USSA is going, we'll be lucky if we have Andorra and Lichtenstein left as allies. And as for the European (Dis)Union, watching the E.U. fall apart is a bit like watching the Ottoman Empire fall apart; there's just too many Viceroys, Grand Viziers, Beys, and personal representatives of the Sultan to allow things to work smoothly, except the EU has no Sultan, with France and Germany trading off on who gets to play Charlemagne every few years. It all has a kind of undeniable Disney cartoon quality.
...except that Moscow isn't interested in cartoons or temper tantrums, nor should it be.
Mr. Lavrov did not mince any words recently, and here's two (short) takes, one from South Front, and one from The Vineyard of the Saker (Our thanks to W.G. for supplying the first article):
Mr. Lavrov's statement, reproduced in full on The Saker's website (the second link above) is given both in Russian and in English translation, and it's a stunner:
Foreign Minister Lavrov just made the following statement that Russia is willing to sever her ties with the EU if the EU introduces new sanctions. He said:
“Мы исходим из того, что мы готовы [к разрыву с Евросоюзом]. Если мы еще раз увидим, как мы уже почувствовали не единожды, что в каких-то областях накладываются санкции, которые создают риски для нашей экономики, в том числе в самых чувствительных сферах, — да. Хочешь мира — готовься к войне”
“We proceed from the fact that we are ready [to break with the European Union]. If we once again see, as we have already felt more than once, that sanctions are imposed in some areas that create risks for our economy, including in the most sensitive areas, – yes. If you want peace, prepare for war“.
That's a clear shot across the EU bows, not only in Brussels, but Berlin, where Mad Madam Merkel and her former defense ministerette, lying Ursula von der Leyen, presided over the gutting of the Bundeswehr for years. As for the rest of the EU, the only major European power maintaining any semblance of a military is France (which is why M. Macron gets to play Charlemagne now), but again, no match for Russia. (Think Tsar Alexander I, here folks.)
But there are other kinds of war than the "hot" kind, and Russia also knows those games well. Lavrov is simply saying, "We don't need you," and indeed, Russia does not need the EU. It is pursuing its own diplomacy and economic policies elsewhere. China, we're all familiar with, but in addition, India, and Japan. And all three have enough capital, and Japan and China certainly the technology, to benefit Russia. Or to put Lavrov's comments in a slightly different context, he is saying "if you want to continue being a satrapy of the United States, go ahead, but we've got more important uses for our time than talking to children who really are not sovereign actors anyway." And if Russia makes good on its intention to break relations with the EU (while, perhaps, maintaining relations with the individual countries thereof), the EU will crumble, as each nation makes its own deals with the Russian bear. And rest assured, those deals will happen (just remember those meetings of Italian and German businesses with their Russian counterparts a few years back, meetings which took place in spite of the oppositions of their governments). And if the EU should survive, and come crawling back begging for a restoration of those relations, Russia will demand a rather high price.
The first article linked adds a little more rock salt to the wound:
The potential anti-Russian measures are expected to be discussed at the EU ministers meeting on February 22.
The same posture is taken by the Biden administration that was happy to push forward with its anti-Russian agenda under any pretext.
Meanwhile, on February 12, Head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin recalled that the so-called ‘non-system opposition’ that works under the brand of Navalny keeps active ties with foreign intelligence services.
“The Russian Foreign Ministry is not mistaken or exaggerating in its comments. I can only add to what has been said that those who make criminal deals with special services of countries that conduct a hostile policy towards Russia, they are not called oppositionists. A different term should be used here,” Naryshkin said.
As Russia drew red lines for foreign meddling attempts in its sovereign affairs, the relations between Moscow and the West are expectedly moving towards a further confrontation.
In other words, Mr. Lavrov's statements are not to be considered one-offs, a personal statement, but are rather, the considered view of the Russian government, including its intelligence services, which have no doubt supplied copious analyses of the current economic and geopolitical weakness of the West. And the message is clear (and hopefully clear enough even for the idiots in Brussels, Berlin, and Swampington DC: don't meddle in our internal affairs). Russia's government and leadership certainly have their problems. But compared to the childish non-entities running the West, or currently ensconced in the White-Out-House, they look like models of sobriety and probity, and they know the game of Realpolitik very well, whereas the Anglo-Sphere seems intent on continuing its unrealistic hopes of cracking Russia apart, so it can move in on that country's resources. If so, they had better think again, because even if they were successful, the only country in any real position to exploit such success is China. And one final thing: the Russian leadership, unlike its counterparts in the West, is able to think for itself without the aid of teleprompters. They're not trained birds reading a prepared script.
So what's my high octane speculation? The current crop of cartoon characters in the White-Out-House might even go so far as to revive the "Russian collusion" narrative and to make it a part of the USSA's (and by extension, its EU satrapy's) foreign policy. It would be comical, were it not so suicidal. If that happens (and we're already seeing signs of it), then at the very least, expect Russia to play "information warfare hardball" in conjunction with some well-placed and well-timed expulsions of Western diplomats and journalists with information drops well-coordinated to the domestic mood of the opposition in each country of the West.
See you on the flip side...