Future historians may register it as the day when usually unflappable Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov decided he had had enough:
We are getting used to the fact that the European Union are trying to impose unilateral restrictions, illegitimate restrictions and we proceed from the assumption at this stage that the European Union is an unreliable partner.
Josep Borrell, the EU foreign policy chief, on an official visit to Moscow, had to take it on the chin.
Lavrov, always the perfect gentleman, added, âI hope that the strategic review that will take place soon will focus on the key interests of the European Union and that these talks will help to make our contacts more constructive.â
He was referring to the EU heads of state and governmentâs summit at the European Council next month, where they will discuss Russia. Lavrov harbors no illusions the âunreliable partnersâ will behave like adults.
Yet something immensely intriguing can be found in Lavrovâs opening remarks in his meeting with Borrell: âThe main problem we all face is the lack of normalcy in relations between Russia and the European Union â the two largest players in the Eurasian space. It is an unhealthy situation, which does not benefit anyone.â
The two largest players in the Eurasian space (italics mine). Let that sink in. Weâll be back to it in a moment.
As it stands, the EU seems irretrievably addicted to worsening the âunhealthy situationâ. European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen memorably botched the Brussels vaccine game. Essentially, she sent Borrell to Moscow to ask for licensing rights for European firms to produce the Sputnik V vaccine â which will soon be approved by the EU.
And yet Eurocrats prefer to dabble in hysteria, promoting the antics of NATO asset and convicted fraudster Navalny â the Russian Guaido.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, under the cover of “strategic deterrence”, the head of the US STRATCOM, Admiral Charles Richard, casually let it slip that âthere is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons, if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state.â
So the blame for the next â and final â war is already apportioned to the âdestabilizingâ behavior of Russia and China.