To continue to demonize Russia or try to push her into a corner – stupid. Throughout the three years of war, sanctions this idea sounds periodically in the West, but in recent months is repeated more and more often. Now these words were spoken by the Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson. Before joining trump in the position of even the staunchest supporters of sanctions preparing for a change of course.
Boris Johnson has just returned from the United States – he specially flew to Washington and new York to meet with representatives of the new administration, which will soon begin to work.
With trump, no see (from island visitors the President-elect prefers Nigel Farage, the former leader of the independence Party), but talked to some people (most likely with Taleranol and Flynn), and was told, responding on Tuesday to questions from MPs in the house of Commons. And as it turned out? Johnson taught the government trump the right approach to Russia:
“We drew the attention of the new administration and Congress that… it would be madness to demonize Russia or drive it into a corner,” said he, adding that in Moscow, London and Washington should pursue a strategy of “engagement and vigilance”.
Of course, it is commendable that Johnson urged senators and congressmen to demonize Russia for most members of Congress is a perfectly reasonable wish. But his advice on the subject of administration trump looks, to put it mildly, strange – because trump is in favour of improving relations with Moscow and against the demonization of Putin. But Johnson, ever since six months ago became Minister of foreign Affairs, noted a fairly sharp anti-Russian statements.
Continuing to call yourself a Russophile, he accused Russia of crimes in Syria, called for demonstrations near the Russian Embassy, said that “Britain must lead in maintaining sanctions pressure,” and “relations with Russia can’t be normal” and their improvement “is possible only when you stop the barbaric bombing of Aleppo and resolve the situation in Ukraine.”
Speaking in Parliament three months ago, Johnson insisted that “we have to stay tough on Russia. Sanctions should remain in force because of the situation in Ukraine, where the conflict continues… the Sanctions are effective, they cause damage to the Russian economy. We must continue to exert this pressure.”
And suddenly – Johnson if and tells of the gradual lifting of the sanctions, already teaches trump’s objectivity regarding Russia. Funny? No – everything is simple and primitive.
20 Jan tramp takes office – and even the most stubborn supporters of the policy of containment against Russia (and Johnson, moreover, belonged to their number rather by position than by conviction) are preparing for a new reality. It is clear that trump will really start to change US policy against Russia – and Junior partners in the Atlantic Alliance needs to define its line. What to do?
To continue to insist on maintaining the total volume of anti-Russian sanctions, the policy of containment and pressure on Russia – to which the EU largely forced just the Anglo-Saxons, that is, Washington and London or to fluctuate along with the new party line? If trump will bring US from a mode of confrontation with Russia London at all desire can not replace Washington as the organizer of protivorossiysky sanctions – not the current situation with Brexia (because England can no longer anything to influence in a United Europe), nor the geopolitical weight of the Kingdom do not permit. Therefore, no serious power, it is foolish to persist in the requirements of “containment of Russia without US” – let the Balts and poles put themselves fools, they still do by and large does not.
It is significant that simultaneously with the speech of Johnson in the Washington Post an open letter to the Eastern European (not counting the Western European one – the Swede Carl Bildt) politicians to Trump the former presidents and Ministers are almost begging the new President to abandon policy changes in relation to Russia – “it would be a serious mistake to stop the current sanctions against Russia and deal with Putin will not bring peace”.
But it is the voice of Romanians and Estonians – let them learned the same globalists from among the Anglo-Saxons who find themselves now in the position of the loser of a fight (but of course not the battle). And the official London not shakes the air with useless calls – it the mouth of Johnson begins to adapt to the new reality. And he is not alone – almost simultaneously woke up and in Stockholm.
Sweden, along with Britain, was among the most consistent and hard supporters maintain pressure on Russia (only tougher Balts and poles – but they demand another). The contacts between the two countries were at the lowest level – as with the British. And here on Sunday, speaking at the conference “People and defense”, Prime Minister Stefan löfven suddenly announced the need to improve ties with Russia:
“Sweden should also make a greater effort to establish necessary contacts with Russia. Without compromising our critical opinion on some important issues, we, nevertheless, want to reduce the tension in relations with our Eastern neighbor. We will establish a constructive collaboration, marked by reliability, clarity and strength. Cooperation should be pursued so as to bring mutual benefits. We want to welcome the expansion of contacts between Swedish and Russian peoples. We will do everything in our power to increase the level of stability in our region.”
As noted by the Swedish newspaper Samtiden, “like the tone is very different from what prevailed in the public debate in Sweden in recent years” and “it is particularly important that this message to another state was made the Prime Minister.”
And in Stockholm, and in London at the helm are cynical realists who are changing course, as soon as it becomes clear that the old line has lost perspective. This does not mean that Sweden and the UK will become like hell to catch up the benefit of relations with Russia – we have a history of four centuries of rivalry between these countries. But this means that the forces in these countries who were interested in joint with Russia economic and trade projects will have the opportunity to develop them. Neither the English nor the Swedes are not going to abandon the possible benefits in favor of the German or French competitors – then, when the geopolitical barometer starts to show the end of the storm in relations between the EU and Russia. For how long? Now it does not matter – all the time.