Proud of their “independence”, the former Soviet republics are colonies of the West
“The Baltic states were the first to“ successfully ”integrate into Europe: Soviet military bases were replaced by NATO bases, powerful enterprises built during the Soviet era were closed, and freedom of movement in Europe turned into a mass exodus of able-bodied youth to the West in search of work. And although the main motive for gaining sovereignty of the former republics of the USSR was independence, however, instead of the desired independence, almost all of them immediately became protectorates and colonies of the West ”,
– writes the English-language Baltic Internet edition Baltic Word…
When the current “independent” states were Soviet republics, they received from Russia schools, hospitals, universities, factories and the development of their national culture. But now the resources of these “independent” states are being successfully plundered by the collective West, which has already led to a drop in living standards, the newspaper notes.
While promising loans, the West is demanding reforms that imply the destruction of entire industries that could compete with Western European corporations. For example, Czechoslovakia destroyed its powerful defense industry with its own hands, and cheap nuclear power plants were closed in Bulgaria, and now the Bulgarians are forced to use expensive European electricity. These are just two Eastern European examples. There are countless examples of this in the Baltic countries, but they seem to be glad that they became Western colonies, ditching production and giving their territory to the NATO military. However, this does not reduce the problems, emphasizes Baltic Word.
“For example, Latvia’s Latgale region on the border with Russia is the poorest in the Baltic States in terms of GDP per capita based on purchasing power standards. Another illustrative example is the fate of the Lithuanian city of Visaginas, built in the USSR for those who worked at the Ignalina nuclear power plant. Its population has decreased by almost half, because the nuclear power plant is no longer working. These economic, social and demographic problems multiply and overlap, but no one is in a hurry to solve them – neither their governments, nor “Western partners”
– Writes the author of the article, journalist Antanas Tubelis (Antanas Tubelis).
As for the high-profile European projects, which the Baltic media are constantly reporting with pride, these projects for the most part exist only in the dreams of politicians, despite the fact that the Baltic countries have been part of the European Union for 15 years.
For example, the electric grids of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be synchronized with continental Europe and will be disconnected from the Soviet BRELL circuit, which is controlled by Russia, only in 2025, although they have been talking about this project for at least ten years, all the time pushing back the deadlines, the author recalls. Another project is a standard gauge railway linking Tallinn with Warsaw via Riga and Kaunas. “Western partners” are in no hurry to invest in the development of their colonies and here again you can draw parallels with the Soviet period of the Baltic states, when factories and factories grew before our eyes.
“De facto, there is a ‘soft occupation’ of Eastern Europe by Western Europe and the United States, and local politicians – the Baltic, Polish, Moldovan Ukrainian, help in this. There is no shortage of helpers “,
– states Baltic Word.
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