West is trying to increasingly engage Russia in its geopolitical projects
The second half of June remembered rare manifestation of friendliness toward Russia from the West. In addition, as part of its European and overseas (excluding, however, was an unexpected spy scandal in the U.S.). What might cause this?
June 24 in Paris was a meeting of so-called “Weimar Triangle”, established at the ministerial level in 1991 at the initiative of Germany’s diplomacy, which wanted to use the post-war experience of the Franco-German relations to strengthen ties with Poland. This formula has proven effective in strengthening the political dialogue in Europe.
The said meeting was attended by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland, and the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov. It is significant that Russia, during the meeting in the French capital for the first time participated in the discussions with members of the triangle.
Why Russia suddenly needed a key European Union states? According to French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, the meeting was simply indispensable. There were many questions, and participants all of them, of course, have not decided. But, he said, the format of this meeting shows that the contacts and exchanges between the Russian Federation and the EU should be more.
What were the main issues discussed? Bernard Kouchner said that the ministers talked about the situation in Afghanistan, the Kaliningrad region of Transnistria Republic, the possibility of establishment of the Committee of Russia and the EU’s foreign and security policy. There was also affected by the problem situation in Kyrgyzstan.
Separate took issue of Russian gas supplies to Europe due to existing Russian-Belarusian complications. Here, incidentally, Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that his country looks forward to the implementation of commitments to supply gas to both countries, suppliers and transit countries.
According to European media, Russia to “squeeze” the most out of this meeting, effectively solving the problem introducing visa-free regime for residents of the Kaliningrad region and the border regions of Poland.
Significantly, the introduction of visa-free regime for residents of border areas and actively supported by Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski Radislav, expressing hope that an agreement will be signed within the next few months. And, according to Guido Westerwelle, the introduction of such a regime would have been very strong political message, especially considering the history of the European continent.
As recently wrote the French philosopher and writer Andre Glucksmann, there is no doubt that Germany is now on the road all the increasing pace of economic cooperation with Russia. In this regard, the exponential is also published recently in the French paper Le Figaro Alexandra Adler. In it the author concludes that the future of Russian industry depends on the prospects for cooperation with Europe, as well as the interaction and the lack of differences among the major countries of the continent.
Such a prospect would not prevent Germany’s expanding partnership with Russia, but will be a decisive factor for the emergence of a single European club that can play on equal terms with America and China.
Apparently, in Washington knows it. And therefore, organized the Russian leader’s unprecedented friendly welcome.
From America with love?
On the eve of the visit of Dmitry Medvedev in the United States among American commentators it was popular sociology, according to which the index of confidence of the Russians to the Americans is now at a five-year maximum.
If in the period 2007-2008 the United States provoked distrust on the part of Russians – less than 46 percent positive reviews – there are currently about 60 percent of the U.S. tend to evaluate more favorably. The surge was made in the spring of 2010: from 54 to 60 percent in two months.
In addition, according to U.S. experts, a meeting and talks on June 24 between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in the White House was the high point in US-Russian relations since 1995, when the Victory Parade in Moscow came to Bill Clinton.
In particular, the browser is a popular edition of Newsweek Owen Matthews said that after a decade of confrontation, Moscow and Washington find common understanding on a number of key issues of sanctions against Iran to missile defenses in Europe and the actual cessation of the NATO expansion into former Soviet republics.
Moreover, the publication emphasizes that all these good and useful achievements have been implemented almost exclusively through Obama. So the United States is disappointed with its allies in Eastern Europe, canceling plans to deploy anti-missile batteries and the facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic.
It should also be mentioned that the military conflict between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 – the best friend of the United States in the post-reign of the country’s neo-conservatives, in fact, been recognized by Washington as a fait accompli – and again, to please Moscow – noted in the above-mentioned article in the magazine Newsweek.
On the topic of the United States benefits from this “flirting” with Russia, U.S. experts call it, in the first place, ending attempts by Moscow to expel the Americans from their air base in Kyrgyzstan (the base is critical to ensuring the American action in Afghanistan, as well as no small role played by its proximity to the Chinese border); support sanctions against Iran, as well as the signing of the START nuclear arms reduction.
In addition, the American edition Huffington Post notes that for the warm, brotherly, unexpected relationships of trust with the president, Barack Obama, looked through a clear domestic political calculation: the Administration makes relations with the Russian leadership as its number one success in international politics.
Illustrative is also the fact that the “red thread” is in the comments “anti-Chinese” nature of the current US-Russian rapprochement.
Although this explicit American observers tend not to talk.
And here is indicative of another theme, which in recent years was “bone of contention between Moscow and the West – NATO expansion. However, it seems, and here in the near future we may witness major changes.
Anyone who regularly monitors the world’s leading foreign periodicals could not help but draw attention to the essays of the famous American expert, and, most importantly, a senior fellow of the influential Council on Foreign Relations Charles Kupchan, now out in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs under the telling subtitle: Why Russia Should Join the Atlantic Alliance («Why Russia should join the Atlantic Alliance”).
The author of that article calls for cooperation and mutual concessions in relations with Russia and Russia’s accession to NATO as follows: the alliance during its summit next November should clearly and publicly state that he wanted to see Russia in its ranks.
It is significant that at the same time in the Moscow journal Russia in Global Affairs “(which, incidentally, is being published with the participation of the journal Foreign Affairs) in the article with the subtitle” Russia, NATO and the new security architecture “chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Kosachev also in response to a very tolerant about the alliance said.
As you see, times are changing, and with them changes dramatically geopolitical conjuncture.
In March 1992, the then Polish President Lech Walesa during his visit to Germany proposed the idea to create spaces for baltochernomorskoy arc alliance NATO-bis, in fact, anti-Russian.
Now, it seems, is the formation of alliance, code-named “NATO-Russian”, in essence, anti-Chinese with Russia in the title role.