Is it bad for us?

Is it bad for us?

Petr Akopov

The attack on the Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreev, when he tried to lay flowers at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers in Warsaw, is not just a manifestation of hatred for Russia. This is also part of the work on the “cancellation of Russia”, on the isolation of our country, which is being carried out by our geopolitical opponents. By the hands of Ukrainians, but not only by them and, most importantly, not at all to support Ukraine.
The goal is the blockade of Russia, isolation of our country from the outside world as a “terrible aggressor and murderer.” Why is it important not only to cancel everything Russian, but also to intimidate Russians living or working abroad? Because it is necessary to make sure that the same diplomats are afraid to even appear – either in public places or at embassy receptions, they are afraid to communicate with colleagues from other countries. Make it so that Russia, whose diplomatic missions in the West have already been greatly reduced due to the mass expulsion of employees, also decides to reduce its presence, evacuate people, or even completely suspend the work of embassies. The same applies to our media – what is worth at least the recent attack in Berlin on the building in which RIA Novosti journalists live. And you need to be prepared for the fact that such intimidation will only grow:
How should Russia react to this? You can’t do anything by protesting alone, but you can’t retreat, that is, succumb to intimidation. It is necessary to maintain our presence in the West – because it is precisely its elimination that our opponents are seeking. There is no doubt that our diplomats will endure, and the special services will do everything possible to ensure that nothing threatens their lives. After all, we had am-bassadors who died in of-fice – and not only Andrey Karlov in Turkey in 2015, but also two Soviet ambassadors in the 20s of the last century, and Griboyedov in Tehran almost two hundred years ago.
At the same time, attempts to complicate the Russian diplomatic presence have a purely Western distribution – no one, except for the USA, Europe, Japan and the Anglo-Saxon countries ( Canada and Australia ), is trying to minimize contacts with us. Moreover, the attempt to “cancel Russia” at the global level leads the West to a dead end, putting before a simple choice. And continue to demand the removal of Russia – or leave yourself.
The best example of this is the story of the upcoming G20 and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits this fall. Summits will be held in mid-November: first G20 in Bali, and then APEC in Bangkok. The attention to them is enormous – simply because these will be the first face-to-face meetings of world leaders since the start of the pandemic. The first summit will bring together the heads of all major powers, while the second will involve half of the G20, including the US, China and Russia.
After the start of our special operation in Ukraine, the United States and Great Britain announced that they would seek the exclusion of Russia from the G20 – which in itself is absurd and impossible. This would require a unanimous decision of all the other 19 members of the club, in which the West has only half the vote. And not all of this half are eager to “cancel Russia.” This was once again demonstrated by the recent meeting of G20 finance ministers and heads of central banks: during the speech of Russian representatives, participants from the USA, Great Britain, Canada and France defiantly left the hall. Representatives of Italy and Germany, Japan and Australia remained in place (although some of them turned off their video cameras – Minister Siluanov spoke via video link). That is, not even the entire West is united in its desire to isolate Russia, but the Anglo-Saxons do not abandon their attempts to disrupt Putin’s participation in the November summits.
Joe Biden, after it became clear to everyone in the United States that his promise to exclude Russia from the G20 was unrealistic (and he even tried to persuade Indonesian Presi-dent Joko Widodo not to send an invitation to Putin), found a way out – to invite Zelensky to a meeting in Bali. The Indonesian autho-rities nevertheless agreed to this, because not only its participants are invited to all G20 meetings, but also the leaders of several other countries of the world (especially the part of the world where the summit is held), who are present at separate meetings.
Now it does not matter where Zelensky will be in November. Even if he sits in Lviv or heads the government in exile, the G7 countries will demand his participation. Whether he will participate in person or via video link is also unclear, but in any case, the West will make a show out of his performance, and addressed primarily to the non-Western world. That is, those countries of Asia, Latin America and Africa that did not succumb to the pressure of the Anglo-Saxons and did not join the sanctions against Russia. Will Zelensky’s speech convince them? Of course not – the interests of their countries Indian Prime Minister Modi or the President of MexicoLopez Obrador put in first place. But all the same, anti-Russian propaganda will get a good platform.
Is it bad for us? Yes, but no more. Vladimir Putin will still take part in the summits in Bali and Bangkok, because our presence there is much more important than any provocations. After all, Russia is changing not just Ukraine and its relations with the West. Our actions (and the reaction of the West to them) are changing the whole world, accelerating the restructuring of the entire world order. Throughout the non-Western world, Putin is perceived as a bold and strong leader who was not afraid to challenge the forces that until recently claimed world domination. To frighten Russia by isolating Putin in Bali or Bangkok is ridiculous – his appearance there will be a demonstration of strength and confidence in his rightness.
But Joe Biden is already being advised not to appear at the summits, because “US attempts to present Russia as a world pariah have failed, since not all of Washington’s partners are ready to turn their backs on Moscow, which has become a problem for Biden.” And this writes The Washington Post, noting that now the US president faces “a difficult choice – whether to participate in the G20 summit, which Putin may attend, or to cede one of the main international events to Russia and China.” But Biden’s absence will be seen as a moral defeat. In addition, as the same The Washington Post notes, he “cannot afford to miss such an event in Asia, since today the consequences of the pandemic are still reflected in world trade, and inflation has become a common problem.”
In fact, the common problem has become, on the one hand, the inability of the States to combine claims to world domination, and on the other, the real power of this country. Mismatch ambitions and ammunition, in other words. Moreover, the States themselves are doing everything to emphasize the growing gap between the first and second. Who forced them to demand from the whole world to join the total sanctions against Russia, when it was initially clear that this would not happen? Who forced them to block the foreign exchange reserves of our Central Bank, thereby undermining the remnants of confidence in the dollar as a reserve currency? Who put into Biden’s mouth calls to overthrow Putin and defeat Russia, demonstrating to everyone the true goals of American support for Ukraine?
If Biden nevertheless decides to go to Bali, then they will try in every possible way to separate him from Putin. The Washington Post believes that it is possible to make sure that Putin and Biden are rarely in the same photo, although this is very difficult. What for? In order not to compromise the American president? Before whom? If before the non-Western world, then this is pointless – the reputation of the United States as a global gendarme and aggressor is so stable that even those who believe in “Putin’s aggressor” will not be surprised at anything. And if they want to save Biden from the wrath of their own citizens, then this is pointless – the meeting in Bali will take place a week after the congressional elections, in which the Democrats will suffer a crushing defeat, and the president will turn into a “lame duck”, which Trumpists will bully for two years.
So whether Biden goes to Bali or not, he will still lose – because it was not necessary from the very beginning to stubbornly ignore the more than justified interests of Russia, and then bet on its defeat. We cannot be intimidated—at least the West could learn this from the history of relations with us. But, alas, understanding of this will return only after they remember one more unlearned historical lesson – that we cannot be defeated.

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