The Wrong Rift: How US Attempt to Create EU-Russia Rift Backfired

Turns out a few sane voices in Europe left don't appreciate US attempts to sow chaos, increase tensions on their contintent

Tue, Mar 10, 2015
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This article originally appeared at TheBlogMire

One of the most obvious aims of the US in orchestrating their coup in Ukraine last February was to create a permanent and lasting rift between the EU and Russia. It seems to me that a statement made back in 2010 by the Russian President (then Prime Minister) in the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, set the alarm bells ringing in Washington, and paved the way for much of what is happening right now. This is what he said:

“We propose the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok. In the future, we could even consider a free trade zone or even more advanced forms of economic integration. The result would be a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of euros… The current state of cooperation between Russia and the EU is not consistent with the challenges that we face. To transform the situation, we need to take advantage of the advantages which already exist and the possibilities for progress in the EU and Russia.”

So he was proposing a trade zone stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and guess what? Had Europe responded to this clear carrot by deciding to co-operate with Russia, it would have meant the US slowly losing their grip on the EU. Just to clarify what I mean by “grip”, remember that Germany itself still has more than 50,000 US troops stationed within its borders country, not to mention most of its gold reserves still apparently sitting in vaults in New York (that is if they still exist).

So a big part of the US goal in bringing about regime change in Kiev, apart from bringing Ukraine into NATO so that they could park their missiles on Russia’s borders, was to create a rift between Russia and the EU, thus preventing anyone from getting carried away with all that Lisbon to Vladivostok talk.

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For the past year, they have largely achieved their aims, but of late there have been small signs that the plan might not be working out all that well. First off, countries such as Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Greece have been increasingly uneasy with following the Washington line, and have been more and more bold in rejecting attempts to increase sanctions on Russia. And more recently, the Minsk II accords were a massive blow to Washington. The last thing it wants is peace, as the awful Victoria Nuland made clear here, which explains why even though a peace agreement was signed on February 12th, the US has been ramping up the rhetoric about sending lethal aid to the Kiev government ever since.

But I think there are now signs of a much bigger chasm developing between the US and the EU. The German weekly magazine, Der Spiegel, has just put out a report where they quote sources in none other than Frau Merkel’s office, which are highly critical of comments made by NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, the US General Philip Breedlove. Mr Breedlove had apparently said on Wednesday that self-defence forces, with the assistance of Russia, have prepared “over a thousand combat vehicles” and “sophisticated air defence, battalions of artillery” in the south-east of the country. He also claimed that the war situation in the country is deteriorating:

“What is clear is that right now it is not getting better, it is getting worse every day.”

Of course this isn’t true, and the OSCE who have been monitoring the ceasefire have claimed precisely the opposite — that the situation has improved greatly over the past few weeks. But as I say, the US government does not want peace in Ukraine, and so it is doing all it can to undermine the relative peace that now exists by pretending it doesn’t exist.

Until Minsk, Europe pretty much backed up whatever line Washington has taken. Even when Washington was claiming a Russian invasion on pretty much a weekly basis, despite failing to present the world with any evidence of all these thousands of troops and tanks flooding over the border, Europe either concurred or kept silent.

But if Minsk II represented a departure from that line, the remarks in Der Spiegel represent a much more strident departure. And remember that this is in a magazine that has spouted a stream of anti-Russian propaganda and drivel from the start of this conflict, including the awful 28th July 2014 edition, which had the words “Stop Putin Now” surrounded by pictures of the victims of MH17 — in other words just 11 days after the tragedy and before any evidence had been examined. So the fact that they are reporting a big change in tone is highly significant.

According to the report, the source in the Chancellor’s office described General Breedlove’s comments as “dangerous propaganda,” and said they “put the West at risk of losing credibility”. Here are a few more highly revealing excerpts from the report which can be read in full here:

“German authorities were ‘alarmed’ by the stance of the NATO commander and wondered whether ‘the Americans [are] trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel?’

“Now, the German Chancellery ‘simply shake their heads’ each time Breedlove makes comments on Ukraine.”

“False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO – and by extension, the entire West – in danger of losing its credibility.”

“The German authorities described Breedlove as a ‘super hawk,’ whose role is that of increasing the pressure on America’s more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.”

My view is that this is a really important development. This is coming all the way from the Chancellor’s office, and they are making it clear that a) they are really irritated by the foolish US propaganda drive and b) they will not support the US in its drive for war. This has also been confirmed by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, who made it clear that the EU did not want to be pushed into confrontation over Ukraine. Pushed by whom? The German Chancellor’s office makes that clear.

Though we are clearly a way off, and probably much blood will be spilt first, this to me signals that the US attempts to create a rift between the EU and Russia may ultimately backfire on it. The major consequence of all the current events may well be that rather than creating this rift, the US instead ends up creating a rift between itself and the EU.

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