London is looking for a new trap for Europe

London is looking for a new trap for Europe

Peter Akopov

Reports that Britain is ready to send about 600 troops to Ukraine appeared on the eve of the visit of the Kingdom’s Minister of Defense to Kiev. No, special forces and paratroopers were not supposed to accompany Ben Wallace: preparations for the transfer of troops were undertaken in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. After all, British intelligence speaks of a “clear and real danger” – one must prepare so that the insidious Putin is not caught unawares. That is, to show that the West will not give up Ukraine to Russia just like that; it will even have to fight the British.
The fact that the very idea of transferring troops from a NATO country is a provocation against Russia – which constantly warns about the inadmissibility of Atlanticization of the Independent – does not bother London at all: we are responding to the Russian threat and defending democracy. The day after the publication of the leak about 600 rescuers, Boris Johnson spoke at a banquet with the Lord Mayor of the City (this is not London, but a separate state within a state, a world financial center) and developed this topic.
In fact, he talked about global Britain, Global Britain, that is, about the very Anglo-Saxon project of globalization, which is designed to preserve the dominance of the Anglo-Saxons under the guise of promoting “democracy and the free market”:
“The consequence of this is that we are increasingly cooperating with those who share our values and motives. Therefore, when we say that we support the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, it is not because we want to be hostile to Russia or what something to strategically surround or undermine this great country… This is because we have a commitment to democracy and freedom that is now shared across the vast territory of the European continent.”
The next day, the same wording – that Great Britain (and Ukraine) do not want to be hostile, strategically encircle or undermine Russia, the British and Ukrainian defense ministers repeated in their joint statement. They are simply worried about Russia’s military activity on the border with Ukraine.
Yes, it’s completely incomprehensible why these strange Russians are so nervous about Ukraine? She has a desire for freedom, the British have paratroopers to protect her – and they keep repeating about some kind of NATO near their borders, threatening the West. Moreover, Europeans are behaving incorrectly, Johnson also sternly warned them:
“We hope that our fri-ends will realize that the choice will soon be betw-een whether to get addicted to Russian hydrocarbons that go through giant new pipelines, or to stand up for Ukraine and defend the cause of peace and stability, if you will allow me to put it that way.”
That is, Britain, having left the EU, is not just not going to take its hand off the pulse of European politics – it expects to continue to play a decisive role in continental affairs (together with the Americans – but sometimes, as usual, substituting, directing them). M-oreover, the methods are the same: the Europeans m-ust be mobilized against the Russian threat. Do Russi-ans threaten Ukraine? No, they threaten the West as such, its interests – no one in London cares that the q-uestion of Ukraine’s geopolitical affiliation is even more important for Russia than the question of Scotla-nd ‘s independence for Britain.
Scotland, even if (more precisely, when) it manages to leave the United Kingdom, will remain not only a part of the British Commonwealth (with the Queen at its head), but also a member of NATO. No Russian military bases will ever appear in the north of the island, but plans for the atlantization of Ukraine have been officially announced. That is, not only is the very project of creating an “anti-Russia” out of Ukraine (that is, part of historical Russia) unacceptable for Russia, but we are also offered to accept the fact that in a couple of decades it will become part of the Atlantic military organization. No, well, what is it – respect democracy and freedom!
The cynicism of the British is inimitable – imagine what they would say about the Russians if we were doing with Scotland what London is doing in Ukraine now? Even now, when Russia is doing nothing for Scottish independence, we are accused of interference, and at times they are citing arguments that are stunning in terms of absurdity. Say, we do not know what the Russians are betting on – the secession of Scotland or its preservation as part of the kingdom – but they definitely do it.
In addition to Scotland and Ukraine, where the Russians threaten the freedom of the advanced world, there is another place on the map of Europe where they need to be fought back, and urgently, without waiting for dire consequences. If it were not for the British, the Europeans would have slept through everything again – and we are talking about such an explosive region as the Balkans.
The alarm has a former foreign minister, William Hague – in the published in The Times article, “If we lose Putin, the Balkans will explode again,” he said about the need to strike back at the treacherous Russian plans:
“Sometimes the West has to withstand this cold stare from Putin and be determined to reject his tactics and the tactics of his henchmen. And the Balkans is an important place to start this process.”
What are these Russians preparing? The collapse of the current federal Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) – this artificial brainchild of the Dayton Accords, which is still under the supervision of the UN. Croats, Bosniak Muslims and Serbs live in it each in their own way – and the Serbs are completely their own, not wanting to obey other people’s rules. The Federation has indeed been teetering on the brink of collapse all these years – but Haig, of course, blames the Serbs for everything: “For many years, the leader of the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, has been undermining the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the active support of Russia and Serbia…
The situation has escalated in recent weeks. Dodik is close to secession of the Republika Srpska from Bosnia, a country in which Croats, Bosnians and Serbs still live in a fragile balance. Dodik said he would once again raise the Bosnian Serb army, the very force responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica. He is trying to capitalize on the weakness and distraction of the West in order to exacerbate the crisis, which will lead to a radical change on the political map of the Balkans, and the territory he leads will again be annexed to Serbia.”
BiH can really fall apart – simply because it is an artificial temporary formation. He has no historical prospects – but the Serbs are not speeding up the process of reunification of Serbia and the Republika Srpska, because then they will be accused of the collapse of Dayton with all the ensuing consequences. Previously, Europe thought that it would be able to gradually digest the Western Balkans, but the entry of the countries of the region into the EU is constantly being postponed.
Not so much because many of the six countries in the region (five of which are fragments of Yugoslavia ) have disputes among themselves, and Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo at all, but primarily because Europe is not ready to digest several more states. Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia – accept them all at once? Taken separately – starting in North Macedonia and Albania? It’s easier not to accept at all, but to wait, keeping the Balkans on a short leash. The EU summit on the Balkans held in early October, at which Slovenia, the presidency of the European Union proposed to accept all six countries until 2030, showed that Europe does not have the strength and a single strategy for the Balkans.
But the Anglo-Saxons have it. The Americans and the British offer the EU to accept everyone, including in order to stop the Russian and Chinese expansion into the region. Haig writes bluntly: “Here Russia has tried everything to thwart the desire of millions of people to live in stable and Western-oriented countries: an attempted coup d’etat in Montenegro, serious interference in the referendum in Macedonia, tightening its stifling grip on business and political life in Serbia. this chaotic picture, has closed the doors of hopes for its further expansion, and the UK has lost leverage over the whole situation because of Brexit. As a result, the Balkan region is drifting randomly at the behest of the waves.”
Again this Russian threat to the West – in the Balkans in general and in Bosnia in particular: “For Moscow, this serves the purpose of blocking the expansion of Euro-Atlantic institutions: Bosnia will be like Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, since it cannot join NATO or ever function as a normal country.”
That is, what is the bottom line? Russia simply does not want NATO expansion into the Balkans – and it is accused of expansion. In the Balkans, as well as in Ukraine, Russia is defending itself – and it is declared the aggressor. The reason is simple: the West has invaded the sphere of Russian national interests (the Balkans) and historical Russia (Ukraine) proper and covers up its own expansion with demagogy about the “Russian offensive” and the subversive work of Moscow.
Common tactics of the Anglo-Saxons? Of course, one shouldn’t be surprised and indignant at her. You just have to toughly and consistently defend our national interests, mark the “red lines”, play on objective contradictions within the West and rely on that part of the elites in the disputed states, which is aimed at defending the national interests and sovereignty of their countries. Then at some point we will be able to move from defense to offensive. Not on the battlefield, but in geopolitical space. And the strategy of returning to Russia has no alternative – primarily for ourselves. It is as natural for us as the strategy of encircling and undermining Russia for the Anglo-Saxon strategists.

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