It’s Now or Never for Europe to Kick Over the Geopolitical Chessboard
Last week marked a decisive turning point in the global strategic situation with the accession of four regions now in Ukraine to the Russian Federation and the near-simultaneous sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines. It may also prove to be a game-changer in relations among the transatlantic powers themselves, if it is demonstrated that the United States and/or other NATO allies were behind the attacks in the Baltic Sea on vital energy infrastructure for the EU.
On Sept. 30, at the signing ceremony of the treaties of accession, President Putin stressed, in particular, that “the collapse of Western hegemony is irreversible” and that a new world order is emerging (cf. excerpts of the speech below). However, as we know, many lunatics in the West are willing to risk a world war in order to maintain the old one.
The escalating danger prompted former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for one, to come back in the public eye to issue a sober warning. Based on her own numerous discussions with Vladimir Putin, she cautioned that one should not dismiss his words as mere “bluff”, as so many in the West do (cf. SAS 39/22). Speaking on Sept. 27 at the opening of the Helmut Kohl Foundation, she stated that taking words seriously is “by no means a sign of weakness or appeasement, but a sign of political wisdom”. Helmut Kohl, she added, would have protected Ukraine, but looked at the same time at “how relations to and with Russia could one day be redeveloped” after the conflict ends.
The European Commission, on the contrary, responded on cue to what it called “sham referendums” and the “annexation” of the four regions, by announcing yet another round of sanctions (the eighth) against Russian individuals and exports of industrial products to Russia. Likewise for the White House, which will impose punitive measures on hundreds more Russian citizens and inhabitants of the four regions.
The United States and Albania also introduced a resolution to the Security Council condemning as invalid the results of the referendums. Ten of the 15 UNSC members supported the resolution on Sept. 30, but very important is that four crucial countries abstained: China, India, Brazil and Gabon. Russia, of course, vetoed it. Washington now intends to submit a similar resolution to the UN General Assembly.
Ukraine’s President Zelensky, for his part, applied for “accelerated accession” of Ukraine into NATO. The response has been tepid, including from Washington, while NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg indicated it was not on the agenda for now. He added that “Our focus now is on providing immediate support to Ukraine, to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian brutal invasion” — in other words, the Ukrainians should continue to serve as cannon fodder in a war against Russia, that could never be waged without the financial and material means provided by NATO.
The question is whether key players in the European Union will recognize the reality that under the current geopolitical paradigm, Europe, too, is slated to remain subservient to the Anglo-American world order.