US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made a phone call to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov a few days ago, according to credible and accurate diplomatic sources.
By Kyra Adam
The reason behind the call was to examine – on behalf of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – whether Russia intends on resuming Moscow-Kyiv talks on territorial “settlements” and negotiating an end to war.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s reaction to Blinken’s enquiry was quite unexpected: Lavrov, as reported by the aforementioned credible and accurate diplomatic sources, responded:
Russia is willing to end the conflict when gasoline prices in Europe rise up to 3.5€/lt and all European governments collapse.
This response makes plain not only Moscow’s cynicism, but also its certainty that Europe will crumble under the crushing weight of its own sanctions against Russia.
After more than 100 days of war, Moscow continues to seize Ukrainian lands, without being hindered by the staggering amount of weapons arriving in Poland – although no one knows how, when, and how many of them eventually cross into Ukrainian territory – and has activated two of the political and economic superweapons that has at its disposal: The slow and tantalizing shutdown of Russian gas pipelines in Europe and the Black Sea Blockade, that prevents Ukrainian wheat shipments, as the global food crisis keeps spreading.
The EU 27 now see the difficult situation in which they have found themselves, as Germany is now openly and officially declaring a “difficult situation” in the energy sector, and they are unable to deal with the deteriorating state of affairs.
Europeans are reacting to the Ukrainian crisis as if they were hypnotized. They outdo the United States in fiery political rhetoric against Russia and Putin, they agree on and impose a variety of punitive sanctions on Russia, but the only ones who end up bearing the brunt, instead of Russia and Putin, are the European citizens themselves.
The US can not bring Ukraine to join NATO. The EU, however, can grant Ukraine “long-term” candidate status in pomp and circumstance. That is to say, the EU will bestow piles of money from its own budget, thus shrinking all other EU funds – mostly to the detriment of the South – on a suffering country, Ukraine, which was characterized by an unstable political system and great corruption even before the war.
In a nutshell, the Europeans are going out of their way to perpetuate the war in Ukraine, effectively serving the conflicting plans of Washington and Moscow, much to the detriment of Europe.
Through a simple statement, Europe pleads (!) Turkey to contain itself. The EU Summit, walking the line between its “crusade” for Ukraine and the prospect of an upcoming bleak winter, certainly lacks the morale and, above all, the political will to deal with its inexcusable apathy against Turkey, an EU candidate country that constantly threatens the sovereignty of an EU member state, Greece, and continuously performs aggressive and completely illegal offensive actions in the Aegean.
The EU summit leaders hastily skimmed over their Greek-Turkish “headache”. They simply let the Greek Prime Minister “express his complaints” during Thursday’s dinner – that is, after the actual summit – and hurriedly added a few lines at the end of the conclusions, asking and pleading Turkey to “de-escalate tensions”. And they did so, because our European partners and allies know two things:
First, in no case will the Mitsotakis government effectively use the legal and diplomatic weapons it disposes within the EU and NATO, in order to persuade its friends and allies to restrict Ankara through sanctions.
Second, they know well that, unfortunately, even in the event of a military accident or planned attack by Turkey in the Aegean, Athens will agree to negotiate the end of the crisis in a “peaceful manner”, to avoid bloodshed. The example of Imia has not been forgotten…