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Russophobia is rampant in Europe and the United States, with only a few voices ready to speak about the meaning of events in Ukraine

Western leaders are suffering from a relapse of “Russophobia”. European and American politicians have promised us a Russian invasion of Ukraine at any time for weeks, but they have been unable to deliver.

God knows, they tried – the media regularly speculated about the ever-elusive invasion, outright declaring specific dates as a doomsday cult declaring the end of the world on a certain day (only to have to pick the next available date on which Armageddon doesn’t). does not occur).

NATO countries have also done their best to provoke Russia into a war, sending troops to Eastern Europe in recent weeks along with a range of weapons such as anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft missiles. Stinger. The United States alone has given Ukraine $2.7 billion in military aid since 2014.

All this while Russia refuses to take the bait and has in fact pulled troops away from the Ukrainian border following the conclusion of planned military exercises.


Even Ukrainian leaders have been reluctant to lend themselves to the charade. The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has downplayed the threat of a Russian invasion after discovering that Western-generated propaganda is hitting his country where it hurts – in the economy. One of Zelensky’s top parliamentary allies, David Arakhamia, noted that the invasion talks are costing the Ukrainian economy about $2-3 billion a month.

Since 2014, the so-called European Union and NATO allies have caused significant damage to Ukraine’s economy, way of life and international prestige in their willingness to sacrifice the country for their own diary.

Yet there are those who will not stop trying to manufacture a crisis, knowing that once they provoke a war with Russia, it will mean a lot of money for the arms industry, and an EU unlikely to buy Russian gas, having instead to rely on US liquefied natural gas exports.

During this latest bout of Russophobic frenzy, some individuals have fought for peace and mutual prosperity between Russia and the West. They offered solutions to resolve the crisis, but predictably faced censorship for it.

Earlier this month, Finnish MP and chairman of the country’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Mika Niikko, had to resign and apologize after he tweeted a sensible suggestion that the crisis could be resolved if Western leaders took the lead. initiative to promise Russia that “Ukraine will not join NATO” and asking “Doesn’t the West have a single wise head of state who knows Russia?

Last month, the head of the German navy, Kay-Achim Schönbach, resigned after suggesting that Crimea would remain part of Russia and that it would be easy to give Russian President Vladimir Putin “…the respect he really demands – and probably deserves too.”

How far are European leaders prepared to go to suppress any sensible idea in order to defuse a crisis from which no winner can emerge?

In the United States, former Democratic Party congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has pointed out that Ukraine’s membership of NATO, which the legacy Cold War alliance is pushing for, would undermine national security of Russia by placing the troops of an adversary on its borders and “…points to a conclusion that I can see, which is that they actually want Russia to invade Ukraine” … like “First, it gives the Biden administration a clear excuse to go and impose draconian sanctions, which is a modern siege against Russia and the Russian people… And second, it cements this Cold War in place. The military-industrial complex is the one that benefits.

In a throwback to the days of an empire on which the sun would never set, MP Tobias Ellwood, head of the UK parliament’s defense committee, said the UK should take the global lead and warn President Putin by calling for thousands of NATO troops to be deployed in Ukraine itself. But at least Mr Ellwood has enough common sense to realize that British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s recent trip to Moscow had caused her, he says, to be “absolutely humiliated” and, coupled with Boris Johnson’s visit to Poland, was designed to distract from the ongoing Partygate scandal in London. The former soldier understands that a conflict between Russia and Ukraine – which could easily involve other nations – would have far-reaching consequences for food, grain, oil and gas prices and could even trigger a another global recession.


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To ensure he was not forgotten, Labor Party leader Keir Starmer declared his unwavering support for NATO and accused Britain’s anti-war movement of siding with Russia. Unlike his Tory counterpart, Mr Starmer fails to see that while tough talk may be cheap, real conflict would not.

While all of this is going on, the cost of living is rising in the UK at the fastest rate for 30 years, and there are rises in the prices of rent, energy, food and fuel. Other countries around the world are witnessing a similar phenomenon.

Instead of diverting attention from domestic issues, the leaders of the UK, US and other NATO states should focus on helping their own citizens achieve a decent standard of living and stop trying to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian.

But that will only happen when our leaders learn to “love” those who elected them more than they “hate” Russia, and stop bidding on the military-industrial-media complex.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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