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An open letter to the people of Europe

The future of peace and of prosperity in Europe depends upon reconciliation with Russia, which far from having aggressive designs on Europe wants to be Europe’s friend.

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Dear friends,

It has become incumbent upon me as a lover of peace and understanding, and as an opponent of the lies that often plague public discourse, to write to you the following:

In many countries in your region, the new media message which is being embraced throughout the world – from America to the Far East, from the Middle East to southern Europe, from Latin America to Africa – is being slandered and misrepresented.

I do not claim for a moment that new media are in anyway a monolithic bloc. The opposite is true.   This itself is part of the appeal of new media.

New media are news and opinion organisations that speak for themselves, and which speak against a rotten status quo which for too long has censored free speech, free thought, and freedom of conscience in the West.

I speak today therefore not on behalf of new media as a whole (as such a thing would be dishonest and realistically impossible) but instead in order to address the issue that ‘Russia is hurting you’, ‘Russia seeks to hurt you’ or that ‘Russia shall hurt you’.

Russia is a proud country, a vast country, a powerful country, a culturally and academically rich country. Many of your countries could be the same, but it is your governments which are strangling your people, retarding your progress, and serving as the soul obstacle to your national improvement.

Russia exists as a stable bulwark of statehood, not of ideology, not of territorial ambition, nortof greed.

She is a satisfied country, though one understandably frustrated with the provocations made against her, and the mistruths said about her.

It is not only unfair for your governments and media to cast Russia in this light, but it is an educational crime to destroy the minds of young generations, so that they cannot engage in friendly if not
fraternal relations with the Russian people, who are your friends and in some cases your neighbours.

To Norway, Sweden and Finland:

The idea that the Great Northern War is suddenly going to resume is fanciful.   Yes, you lost your territory in the early 18th century, a time of which no living person in the Nordic countries has a personal historical memory. 

Such wars are not going to be repeated in some act of vengeance, not least because Russia won those wars.

Instead of teaching your young people that Russia is barbaric, you should be teaching good global relations and cultural understanding, in the way your countries are famous for doing about places located on the opposite side of the world.

To the people of Estonia, Latvia and Latvia:

It is not Russia which has made the gap between wages and purchasing power bloat itself to tragic levels.

It is not Russia that has taken away job opportunities, forcing young people to seek emigration upon graduation.

It is not Russia which has put foreign weapons on your soil, often asking you to foot the bill.

Russia is a neighbour, a country with a shared history, and a country that is open for business.

It is your national and European politicians who are lining their pockets at your express whilst Russia looks for and finds economic opportunities elsewhere.

To Poland:

Napoleon is dead, so is Piłsudski, and so is Stalin.

Russia is not looking towards you in any aggressive sense. She is currently hardly looking to you even in a business sense, since you have decided to lump yourselves in with western European countries like Britain, a state whose current  government uses you to twist the arm of Brussels, only to spit in your face a moment later.

In Britain good minded, hardworking Poles are being murdered, beaten and spat upon in the streets by illiterate thugs, whilst the government completely ignores their plight.

This isn’t happening to good minded Poles in Russia. 

Is this dignity? Is it dignity for NATO troops to use your treasured land as the launching pad for a third world war?

Poles have suffered much in wars.  The people do not want another war – much like the Russian people.

Interestingly, who is it that is condemning the genocide of Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army during the 1940s? It is not your so called allies.  It is Russia.

And what’s more during the funeral of Leonid Brezhnev, the Funeral March of Poland’s most treasured composer – Chopin – was played, just decades after the works of Jewish composers were banned in Germany.

Are these the traits of an enemy? I do implore you to consider all of this. 

To Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia:

Because of your status as geographical gatekeepers between east and west, you are at an advantage.

You have witnessed all of the horrors of the 1940s, and because of this many in Hungary and Slovakia are anti-communist to this day, yet not anti-Russian, whilst many in Germany remain nostalgic for the Marxist-Leninist government of the DDR, and associate this positively with Russia.

The Czech government has remained sceptical of many of the antagonistic policies towards Russia of many of its neighbours, whilst many Czechs remain loyal to socialist parties which would not have exist without the aid after 1945 of the USSR.

Finally, to the people of southern Europe:

Many of you are more sympathetic to Russia than you are to your north and north-eastern fellow Europeans.

Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus have seen first-hand how Germanic domination has been economically stifling, and how it is incompatible with your culture for any number of historical, climatic and geographical reasons.

Russia is happy to be your friend, and is moreover happy to be so without any rigid impositions of governmental dogmas.

It is the EU which has raped you of your dignity; Russia is willing to do business with you on mutually agreeable terms.

To Albania: 

What has NATO membership done for you? Has it lifted you out of breath-taking poverty? Has it satisfied the demands of your extreme factions? Has it ended corruption?

No it has done nothing for you.

To Serbia:

Has the European Union with its carrot and stick approach to negotiations with you been your friend, or does it see you as the next Greece? – a lamb to be slaughtered by a wolf.

I am speaking mainly to older generations who have a sense of history, and to younger generations who are more interconnected with each other than were their parents.

You have a chance to make history, you have a chance to make peace, and above all you have a chance to make sense.

Russia is not the enemy of the peoples of Europe.

Because of a shared history and neighbouring geography, Russia – which is not and never will be politically part of Europe – can be, should be, and indeed wants to be your friend.

The enemies are your corrupt governments; the enemies are educators who act as propagandists rather than purveyors of knowledge; your enemies are the international terrorists and extremists who threaten us all; your enemies are those in NATO selling you the promise of wealth of the biggest price imaginable.

I implore you not to change your minds at my behest, but rather to examine new media, especially that with a Russian perspective, and question who the real enemy is.

I implore you to use your democracies to create a meaningful change to the corrupt narrative of politicians who don’t give a damn about your life or livelihood. 

Your enemy isn’t Russia, and I hope future generations may realise that, and extend the olive branch of fraternity in a world where small European countries are being increasingly cut off from the
burgeoning opportunities emanating from the wider world.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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Crimea: The Geopolitical Jewel Russia Continues to Polish

As Putin continues to polish his Black Sea jewel, Europe has to decide if it is going to continue playing the U.S’s games over Ukraine or begin the next phase of its independence.

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With all that is happening in the world Crimea has taken a bit of a backseat recently. Yes, the US, EU and Canada just added more sanctions on Russia via the odious Magnitsky legislation but this is inconsequential.

There’s been a flurry of good news coming out of Crimea and the Black Sea recently that bears discussion. Let’s start with the most important. President Vladimir Putin was in Crimea earlier this week to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. There he also officially inaugurated two major upgrades to Crimea’s power grid.

Located in Simferopol and Sevastopol, two new power plants will produce 940 megawatts and secure Crimea’s energy needs for now and into the future.

Power has been Crimea’s Achilles’ heel since breaking off from Ukraine in 2014. It received almost 90% of its power from the mainland. In November 2015, the trunk lines into Crimea were sabotaged by Ukrainian nationalist radicals, encouraged by President Petro Poroshenko plunging it into darkness as winter took hold.

Does this sound familiar? A place that defies US edicts geopolitically is first hit with a full trade embargo, sanctions and threatened militarily by proxies before having its electricity shut off?

*Cough* Venezuela *Cough*

And there are reports that the US has game-planned a similar fate for Iran as well. For Crimea it was easy because of the single-point-of-failure, the trunks from the mainland. For Venezuela it was as well, with the Guri dam, which affected nearly 70 percent of the country.

So, Putin timing the fifth anniversary of reunification with the announcement of the plants moving to full operational status was yet another smooth bit of international political maneuvering.

A not-so-subtle poke in the eye of the Gang Who Can’t Sanction Straight in D.C. as well as lame duck Poroshenko. Elections are at the end of the month and this celebration by Russia and Crimea will not sit well with many Ukrainians, especially the diaspora here in the US which is virulently anti-Putin in my experience.

Secure and stable power generation is a hallmark of a first world territory. Without that economic growth and stability are impossible. This is why to first help stabilize the situation in Crimea after the blackout Russia brought in 400 MW of power across the Kerch Strait from Krasnodor.

Tying Crimea to the mainland via the Kerch Strait bridge was a masterstroke by Putin. The initial power lines were simply a necessity. For those that complain he isn’t doing enough to counter US and European aggression need only look at the Kerch Strait bridge.

Not only did the Russians not seek international approval given the nearly universal refusal to recognize Crimea as Russian they built the thing in a time frame that defies description.

Imagine if this had been an EU project. They would still be debating the initial engineering plans and the political effects on some protected minority.

Not only does it open up the Eastern Black Sea to trade via Crimea but it ends the use of the Sea of Azov as a potential staging ground for naval provocations as last fall’s incident proved. Ukraine is cut off from acting aggressively and cannot count on any help from the US and Europe.

Moreover, Crimea is now permanently Russia’s. And every bit of infrastructure Russia builds there ties the two further together and weakens any bonds Crimea had with Ukraine. The resultant growth and modernization will make its way, economically and culturally back into southern Ukraine and erode the hard border over time.

This is far more important than striking out and metaphorically punching Poroshenko in the mouth, that many of Putin’s detractors wish for.

Presidents change, after all. Patience and attrition is how you beat an aggressive, distant enemy like the US

To remind everyone just how insane the Trump White House has become on matters international, no less than Vice President Mike Pence lobbied Germany to provoke another naval incident at the Kerch Strait.

If there was ever an example of how little Trump’s gang of moldy neocons think of Europe it is this bit of news. In effect, Pence was saying, “We can’t start a war with Russia because it would go nuclear, but you can because Russia can’t live without your trade.”

This coming after the US unilaterally pulled out of the INF treaty and is now flying nuclear bombers to eastern Europe. The message is clear. If the EU doesn’t get with this open-ended belligerent program against Russia and China of John Bolton’s they will be the ones paying the price when chaos breaks out.

On the other side there is Putin; building bridges, pipelines, power plants and roads.

He’s making it clear what the future holds not only for Europe but the Middle East, central Asia and India. We will defend Crimea at all costs, develop it not only into a tourist destination but also a major trade hub as well.

You are more than welcome to join us. But, we don’t need you.

These power plants will raise Crimea’s power output well beyond its current needs, allowing first export of power as well as providing the foundation for future growth.

And as if it weren’t coordinated in any way, the Chinese, on the morning of Putin’s speech, announced that Crimea would be an excellent fit for investment projects attached to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

That’s according to the head of the association of Chinese compatriots on the peninsula, Ge Zhili. “Our organization is bolstering cooperation ties, exchanges and friendly contacts with the Crimean society,” he said at an event dedicated to the fifth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, which was held in the Russian Embassy in Beijing on Monday.

It is also ready to contribute to the establishment of “reliable partner ties” and the explanation of legal details of business cooperation with Crimea, Ge Zhili said. “The Chinese society hopes for the development of friendly cooperation with Crimea; we are ready to overcome difficulties for fruitful results.”

Again this is a direct challenge to the US who has Crimea under strict sanctions in the West. China is happy now to move forward with integrating Crimea into its plans. It’s just another example of how Russia and China simply ignore Trump’s fulminations and move on.

I can’t wait until I get to write this article all over again, this time about North Korea, now that Bolton has thrown Russian and Chinese assistance in getting North Korea to the negotiating table back in their face by destroying the Hanoi talks.

This announcement is not to be underestimated given that Chinese Premier Xi Jinping is in Rome this week to open up relations with the new Italian government. Five Star Movement’s Leader Luigi Di Maio said he would welcome becoming a part of BRI, much to the consternation of Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as his coalition partner Lega Leader Matteo Salvini.

It’s already well known that Salvini is interested in ending sanctions on Crimea and re-opening trade with Russia. Italy is desperate for new markets and opportunities, currently stifled under the euro itself as well as Germany’s insistence on austerity hollowing out Italy’s economy and its future prospects.

These issues as well as energy security ones are coming to a head this year with Brexit, the European Parliamentary elections in May and the completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline later this year.

As Putin continues to polish his Black Sea jewel, Europe has to decide if it is going to continue playing the U.S’s games over Ukraine or begin the next phase of its independence. Salvini will lead a Euroskeptic revolt within the European Parliament in May. It may be big enough to finally defy Merkel and end EU sanctions on Russia over Crimea.

At that point the US will also have a choice, burn down the world economy with even more sanctions, tariffs and acts of war or accept the facts on the ground.

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