We are going through a strange time right now. Time of paradoxes, unprecedented combinations of reality. And a time of dangerous illusions for those who misunderstand this reality.
On the one hand, Russia is taking such radical steps – both political and even military – that one could not have expected a year ago. As part of the Ukrainian special operation, full-scale military operations are underway. Tens of thousands of people risk their lives every day to liberate historical Russia. The lands that hundreds of years ago were watered with the blood of a Russian soldier are returning home after a short historical pause.
In other words, Russia – and it would seem that this should be obvious to everyone – is clearly demonstrating its determination to defend its interests by all means. Use the entire arsenal of means to protect the Russian people, our fellow citizens, to create a worthy future for all of us. For the first time since the collapse of the USSR, Russia woke up and really showed its strength in order to get rid of the historical shame.
On the other hand, our country faces new attempts to humiliate us every day. With mockery of what is valuable and sacred to us. With new harassment, attacks, insults. Our determination, paradoxically, did not calm down – no, it seemed to tease our enemies. The British Defense Secretary threatens Russia with a nuclear bomb. The mayor of Madrid insults the Russians and calls to “punish them.” Estonia intends to make the Baltic Sea “NATO’s inland sea”. Latvia forbids the Russian language even in everyday communication and declares Russia “a state sponsor of terrorism.” The same move is being considered by the US Congress.
As a Kaliningrader, what is happening concerns me to a special extent, as well as all the inhabitants of our region. Lithuania plans to block Kaliningrad transit in the coming days. At our mushroom pickers from the other side of the Neman River, Lithuanian border guards defiantly aim from machine guns.
What does all this mean? Why are the Russophobic regimes of Europe so insolent? It seems to me that many in the West still do not believe that we have taken the matter seriously. Maybe they really admit that we can be stopped by sanctions, economic pressure, political statements. They do not want to negotiate with us, to really consider our conditions – because they do not think that we are capable of more.
Apparently, in the West they believe that everything that is happening is a little make-believe on our part, even despite large-scale military operations. That Russia does not have enough strength, resources, or political will to complete what it started. That our people and our authorities do not have real determination for this – and we will stop halfway. They probably even think that inside Russia, among us, among our fellow citizens, there is a massive “fifth column”, supporters of the Nazi regime in Ukraine.
This is the illusion in which the politicians of the West live. Naivete turns into stupidity. Russia will not cut rates. On the contrary, Russia will raise them. Any spit in our direction will wait for its answer. Russia has pride, it has interests, it has goals. There is everything to achieve these goals. Too much is at stake, and this applies to every citizen of Russia.
Our response to any attempt to cut off communications from one part of Russia to another, the Kaliningrad exclave, will be powerful and effective. The Ukrainian special operation will inevitably achieve what it started for. Let the West as a whole, and especially some Baltic politicians, understand one simple truth. If the advance on the Ukrainian fronts is not lightning fast, this does not mean that Russia is preparing to stop. This means that Russia is preparing for something even more serious. And the sooner the West accepts reality as it is, the easier it will be for them to negotiate with us after our victory.