by Raúl Ilargi Meijer

Ivan Aivazovsky Sea channel with lighthouse 1873

I counsel we have now three “pairings” of individuals. In Russia, there’s International Minister Sergey Lavrov and his spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Within the US, we have now Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White Home spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. Within the EU, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen and Excessive Consultant of the European Union for International Affairs and Safety Coverage, Josep Borrell. After all, there’s additionally President Biden and Putin; the EU has no president, it solely has von der Leyen. Likewise, you at instances see Russian and American Protection misters, however the EU doesn’t have a kind of both. It form of makes do with Borrell.

For the three pairings, the job titles are completely different, however these are the individuals you see speaking most when Ukraine is the subject. Definitely Lavrov, but additionally Zakharova, are diplomats. Blinken and Borrell wish to name themselves that, however they’re clearly not. The job of a real diplomat is to all the time depart channels open to speak with everybody, and by no means condemn or converse ailing of, anybody -in public. It’s dangerous manners. However Blinken is a neocon who’s been cheering on varied US invasions for 30 years, and that disqualifies him from diplomacy. As for Jean-Pierre, let’s not even talk about her. We don’t wish to insult Zakharova by even making an attempt to make a comparability.

Von der Leyen and Borrell have the drawback that their energy is just not real. They’ve by no means been elected to their posts, apart from by a small group of insiders which might be simply managed. Furthermore, the EU has no military, it relies upon 100% on the US, so impartial selections are out of the query. The EU is speaking once more about its personal military, and even about constructing its personal fighter jet, however every would value at the least 10 years, and thus be ineffective within the present scenario.

Maybe that’s why Von der Leyen and Borrell speak extra, and extra aggressively, than the others. However with that speak, together with the sanctions they’ve made the bloc’s coverage, they’ve introduced a whole lot of distress to the individuals of their member nations. After all, they declare that is inevitable, and it’s all Russia’s fault, however that’s merely a declare. Similar to the concept Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was completely unprovoked. That virtually no nation exterior the “collective west” suppose it’s true says lots.

And the following colossal and absolutely pointless blunder seems to return subsequent week, when the European parliament is poised to declare Russia a “Terrorist State”. What they hope to attain by that, who is aware of? Bragging rights? Diplomats don’t do these. Even the US refuses to go there, as a result of “none of those efforts at retaining some form of potential negotiations open can be attainable if the US slapped a ‘terrorist state’ label on Russia.” The ‘terrorist state’ label comes straight from Zelensky, and the EU seems set to nonetheless comply with him carefully. Whereas the US is creating far from him. The speak in Turkey final week between the US and Russian intelligence chiefs shouldn’t be neglected. And sure, that’s proper, the EU doesn’t have an intelligence chief.

When Zelensky and Poland tried to lure the US right into a NATO battle in opposition to Russia in response to the “missile over Poland”, the US for the primary time mentioned a agency “NO”. A turning level? It’s the US making clear they won’t enter the battle. As a result of as Lidia Misnik wrote: ‘The US Gained’t Sacrifice Chicago For Warsaw’ What’s extra, as Batiushka mentioned, “In Kiev, Warsaw, the Baltics and in London, they need to bear in mind what the Individuals did to [Saddam] Hussein and Bin Laden. They’re fairly able to doing the identical once more, pulling the plug on all of them.”



One of the best factor to do for the EU can be to do away with each Borrell and von der Leyen, and undertake a much less antagonistic and extra diplomatic place vs Russia, however that could be laborious to attain, given the ability construction in Brussels. Nonetheless, there have to be a number of French and German actual diplomats left. However, mockingly (?!), the US might not agree. They might need for the EU to proceed it’s self-destructive path for some time, on the similar time that the US washes its palms clear(er). European ache is American acquire in some ways. Simply have a look at EU purchases of weapons and LNG. As soon as Europe freezes over, this won’t be a viable perspective, however for now…till Christmas…

From RT by way of Azerbaycan:

Borrell’s Concepts Deepen EU Divisions – Moscow

The EU’s insurance policies in direction of Moscow promoted by overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell solely deepen the divisions within the bloc, Russian International Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned on Saturday. Earlier this week, the highest EU diplomat proposed six factors to function tips for diplomacy in direction of Russia amid the Ukraine battle. Commenting on Borrell’s plans, Zakharova mentioned that whereas it’s “too quickly” to talk about what it might entail, Moscow “doesn’t harbor any illusions” concerning the bloc’s political pondering. “Sadly, the concepts that are being bought to EU members by… Borrell don’t include even a touch of the EU’s strategic imaginative and prescient [regarding Russia].”

“They solely work to deepen the … divisions in Europe,” the spokeswoman acknowledged, including that the EU has not proposed any measures to resolve the quite a few issues in bilateral relations. Revealing his six-point plan, Borrell described the stand-off with Russia as a “geopolitical battle,” and insisted that the EU ought to, amongst different issues, isolate Russia internationally, maintain it accountable for its alleged misdeeds, whereas cooperating with the bloc’s companions and supporting civil rights teams. Whereas making an attempt to root out any different factors of view, the EU has absolutely embraced the thought of isolating Russia, Zakharova mentioned, including that “that is hopeless and can solely impose prices on EU nations and their residents, who’re pressured to pay out of their very own pockets for the strategic blunders of their politicians.”

“It’s emblematic that the majority international capitals usually are not able to comply with … Brussels, which, in its medieval logic, is bringing the world again to the age of schism, excessive partitions, and besieged fortresses,” she mentioned. Her feedback come as EU nations face protests over excessive vitality costs and surging prices of dwelling, which have been worsened by the sanctions on Russia. In late October, hundreds of Czech residents rallied in Prague to decry the rampant inflation, whereas calling on the federal government to start direct talks with Moscow over gasoline imports.

EU member state Hungary has repeatedly spoken out in opposition to the sanctions. Earlier this month, International Minister Peter Szijjarto claimed that they “have failed” and have solely backfired on the EU and broken the financial system. Following the beginning of Moscow’s navy operation in Ukraine in late February, relations between the EU and Russia deteriorated quickly as Western nations imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow. In June, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov claimed that EU-Russian ties had frayed to the purpose that it will be tough to break them any additional.



You possibly can nearly watch the EU beneath the current “management” commit hara kiri in actual time.

From Zero Hedge:

European Parliament Set To Designate Russia A “Terrorist State”

The European Parliament has ready a decision recognizing Russia as a “terrorist state” – to be topic of a vote held throughout a session in Strasbourg subsequent week, in response to a spokesperson’s briefing at a Friday information convention. The largely symbolic decision was drafted by the center-right European Individuals’s Occasion (EPP) and cites Russia’s “intimidation and destruction of Ukrainians as a nation,” in accordance a draft beforehand seen by Euronews. The political blocs Renew Europe and the European Conservatives and Reformists are additionally mentioned to be backing a proper declaration which might come as early as subsequent Wednesday.

Whereas not legally binding, the decision can be utilized for the EU to slap additional sanctions on Moscow, and may create momentum for different nations just like the UK to undertake the ‘terror state’ label for Russia. Nonetheless, the UK has to date resisted these calls from some particular person British politicians and officers. Thus far, the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been the primary to legally acknowledge Russia as a terrorist state. The Biden administration has additionally to this point resisted some remoted Congressional calls to take action, because the Kremlin has warned such a measure would destroy all ties and communications. It will make negotiated settlement in Ukraine nearly an impossibility.

Thus far it’s particularly been the Pentagon which has sought to maintain an open line of communications. The CIA director William Burns was additionally in Turkey this week assembly with this Russian intelligence counterpart. However none of those efforts at retaining some form of potential negotiations open can be attainable if the US slapped a ‘terrorist state’ label on Russia. The US can be mainly all for pursuing prisoner swaps, with residents like Brittney Griner now serving lengthy jail sentences.

There are issues shifting and transferring, particularly on the US facet. It’s very a lot the query if that can occur quick sufficient for the individuals of Europe, who shall be chilly, and Ukraine, who shall be chilly and at the hours of darkness..