The growing circle of Putin’s friends in the West 

A time of trial is upon the world, and every country will have to make a choice.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, among others, has recently drawn warranted comparisons between the way the international community is dealing with the Ukraine crisis, and how the West pursued a policy of appeasement towards Hitler’s Germany in 1938.

But let’s separate the wheat from the chaff.

It’s true that France, Germany, and Italy have essentially betrayed Ukraine, pushing for Putin’s version of a peace deal, which would consolidate Russia’s new conquests in Ukraine.

After all, their proposed peace plan (the official one, championed by Italy) spells out two points: a ceasefire, and bilateral Russia-Ukraine talks on the status of contested territories. Meaning that these countries consider Zaporizhzhya and Kherson not integral parts of Ukraine anymore, but “contested territories” – something to be discussed with Moscow.

I think this approach fundamentally stems from a fear of a Ukrainian victory. Should Kyiv emerge on top in this war, it will drastically change the international arena, and would establish a new security paradigm in Europe – one, in which France and Germany would no longer be the West’s conduits to the Kremlin, to Putin’s Russia. That’s why Putin, Macron, Scholz, and Italian PM Mario Draghi have effectively formed a coalition to legitimize further seizures of Ukrainian lands.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that this coalition does not include the United States, the UK, and Poland. And the ultimate outcome of this war depends on security assistance to Ukraine, primarily from London and Washington. Germany is forfeit. At this point, Berlin is mocking Ukraine. Best they can offer is a handful of Gepard AA guns by mid-July – with no ammunition, as it turns out.

Everything hinges on the pace of U.S. security assistance. U.S. political leadership – U.S. President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken – remain firmly committed to Ukraine’s cause.

At the same time, Kyiv has become somewhat disappointed with how quickly the assistance is being provided. Sure, howitzers are very helpful, but without MLRS it’s very difficult to gain an upper hand in counterbattery artillery duels.

This is a time of trial for the whole world – something many countries understand. At the recent World Economic Forum, Slovakia’s PM Eduard Heger said the following: “If Ukraine falls, there will be Buchas across Slovakia tomorrow.”

Everyone in Europe understands this – except the French, German, and Italian leaders. The French, are probably thinking that Russian atrocities could occur in Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia, but Paris would remain resplendent, as it did in 1941-1942. And that Russian, Buryat, and Chechen officers will be vacationing in Paris, enjoying croissants and brothels.

Every European country now has to make the choice – whether to side with Ukraine, or the French, German, and Italian leaders.

https://english.nv.ua/opinion/the-growing-circle-of-putin-s-friends-in-the-west-50245917.html

3 comments

  1. “That’s why Putin, Macron, Scholz, and Italian PM Mario Draghi have effectively formed a coalition to legitimize further seizures of Ukrainian lands.”

    These countries need removing from NATO asap, along with Hungary and Turkey. It wouldn’t weaken NATO, but strengthen it.

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  2. NV is a superb new site. Agree 100% with the writer.
    It’s putler, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, his useful idiots and agents in western media and politics, plus the two biggest shithole countries in the world; India and China, plus lackey shit countries like Iran, Syria etc, vs Ukraine, the US, the UK, Poland, Pribaltika and a few others.
    Either Joe, Duda and Boris decide they’ve gone as far as they can, or they redouble their efforts and keep right on to the end of the road.
    What’s it going to be boys?

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  3. France calls itself the Grand Nation. That is history. A country that caters to the needs of a crime syndicate like mafia land has given up its status of leadership and political progress. They have moved back to the 1930s and made themselves to be diminutive, feeble and cowardly.
    Germany … what can I say? This is a nation made up of people and politicians who have perfected self-hate and self-immolation. It’s no wonder that they don’t want Ukraine to win. They have enjoyed being head-givers to mafia land, and they really hate changes.
    Italy – the birth land of mafia. Enough said…
    Hungary. This country is so insignificant that these few words are already too much in their regard.

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