The aggravation of relations between Russia and the West aggravated the military-political divide in Eastern Europe as well. A number of politicians and experts supported the principled Russian position on the future world order.
Echo24: Americans are ready to make concessions to Russia
Eastern European countries are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the negotiations that Russian diplomats are holding with Western ones. On Monday, January 10, in Geneva, the Deputy Chairman of the US Department of State Wendy Sherman will continue the summit with his colleague Sergey Ryabkov…
On Wednesday, in Vienna, Russian talks are to take place with representatives of the NATO Council (this is the first meeting in a similar format since July 2019), and on Thursday – with representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The right-wing conservative Czech publication Echo24 writes that American and NATO diplomats are preparing for possible discussions on limiting the scope of military exercises of both great powers in the region and are ready to discuss the maximum number of American troops stationed in the Baltic countries and Poland. Although the State Department and the White House officially deny that they are ready to make concessions to Russia.
Bulgarian political analyst Asparuh Iliev in the publication Investor also expresses doubts about the “invasion scenario” promoted by the West. There are much less economically and demographically costly instruments for Russia’s influence on Ukrainian politics, such as supporting pro-Russian politicians and compromising Ukrainian nationalists.
Iliev also expresses the opinion that Ukraine could act as a balancer of the interests of Russia and NATO if both NATO and Russian military bases appeared on Ukrainian territory. And this would make the guarantees of mutual security more tangible.
Delphi: refusing to expand NATO eastward will only strengthen security
German-born Lithuanian political columnist and publicist Kestutis Girnius with poorly concealed skepticism about the fears of a number of NATO politicians and experts about Russia’s intentions to attack Ukraine. Moreover, even retired generals like Ben Hodges, former commander of the United States Army in Europe.
“I don’t understand how a person with such a violent imagination could rise so high in the hierarchy of the US military. Was there really nothing to choose from? ” – Girnius angrily sneers in the author’s column in the most popular Lithuanian Internet edition Delfi.
Girnius is trying to analyze the situation from the position of Moscow, which is really alarmed by the expansion of NATO to the east. The approach of NATO forces to Russia’s borders creates a security dilemma for the Kremlin: actions taken by a state to improve its own security (such as modernizing weapons or deploying troops in a foreign country) provoke violent reactions from other states. And ultimately this leads to a decrease, not an increase in global security.
Thus, if the Americans nevertheless agree to Russia’s demands and refuse to expand NATO, this will only strengthen security, Girnyus writes.
number24: politicians from Moscow and Brussels will find a common language
Romanian Minister of Defense Vasily Dink in an interview with the Digi24 TV channel, he assured the residents of the country that there is no need for them to worry. The “Russian threat” is greatly exaggerated, and politicians from Moscow and Brussels will be able to find a common language during the negotiations.
Dynku serves as a herald of the voice of reason: what, they say, the threat of war in the center of Europe can be talked about if the presidents of the United States and Russia have already held two rounds of negotiations in just a month. “Diplomacy is working and we are confident that a normal equilibrium situation will be achieved in negotiations with Russia,” Dyncu said.
Even some politicians in the Baltic states, who are “famous” for their Russophobic position, take a sane position. The Americans are already threatening to introduce new sanctions (including disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT international banking system) and shutting off the valve on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
MEPs from Latvia Ivars Iyabs and Robert Zeel absolutely rightly point out that absolutely unacceptable methods are often used to try to blackmail Russia.
One of them, the politicians say, is the threat to turn off the Russian gas valve. Latvian politicians support the earliest possible commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. According to Iyabs, Europe’s threats to refuse to export Russian gas are purely political, against the background of the fact that Germany’s energy needs are only growing. Moreover, the departed German government headed by Angela Merkel previously abandoned nuclear energy.
Slovak political commentator Ladislav Kryzhanek in HOnline, it is absolutely reasonable to point out that the pressure of the West on Russia is leading to exactly the opposite effects – Moscow is moving closer to Beijing. The military alliance that China and Russia is forming is another global challenge for American military hegemony. That is, the Americans, unwittingly, are fostering a new super-powerful adversary with whom they will be unable to cope.