New Cold War
From the beginning of the 20th century, the Anglo-Saxons considered the USSR and then Russia as their principal enemy. Persuaded that Moscow was attempting to invade all of Europe after the defeat of the 3rd Reich, they prolonged World War II with the intention of undermining the Soviets, bombed German cities to ensure that the Red Army would not benefit and dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese population to dissuade Stalin from using his military advantage. In 1949, they founded NATO and transformed the division of Europe into two zones of occupation in a Cold War that ended only when the USSR disappeared.
Recently, confronted with the unexpected reconsolidation of the Russian state, the Anglo-Saxons have returned to their initial strategy. The continuity of their anti-Russian policy is clearly visible in the figure of Zbignew Brzezinski, the former National Security Advisor to Democratic president Jimmy Carter, who moved over to the Republican side and then returned to the Democratic Party to ensure the election of his student, Barack Obama. Architect in the 1970’s of both the unconditional support for the Shah of Iran and the fomenting of the now decades-long Afghan war, he favors today a rapprochement with the Islamic regime in Iran and the expansion of the war against Pakistan.
Moscow, which succeeded in defeating the Islamic Emirate of Itchkeria (Chechnya) and halting Georgian aggression in South Ossetia, found itself trapped by the Ukraine during the "gas wars" of 2005-2010. The strategy of the New Cold War is identical to its antecedent. The Atlanticist press with no imagination dully applies the same cliches to Russia today that it once used against the USSR although the situation today is critically different. London, that once sheltered dissidents, has become the refuge of fleeing mafia oligarchs. The Pentagon is deploying a supposed anti-missile shield just as it once did Pershing II’s. NATO has expanded east and is opening new bases in the north to encircle, again, its traditional enemy.
Mass protests to press President Mikhail Saakashvili, seen in poster, to step down and call new elections.
TBILISI, April 24
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his government will succumb to pressure to quit in several days, the country’s former foreign minister and an opposition leader said on Friday.
Protesters in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, have been on the streets since April 9 demanding the president’s resignation.
"Saakashvili’s regime has several days left. They will not (...)
President Barack Obama’s stop in Turkey was hardly an afterthought, a "while I’m in the neighborhood" visit and it was far more momentous than the president’s speech would suggest. For Washington, Turkey today has become a geopolitical “pivot state” which is in the position to tilt the Eurasian power equation towards Washington or significantly away from it, depending on how Turkey develops its ties with Moscow and its role regarding key energy pipelines.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has rejected a plea from Barack Obama, the US president, for his country to send extra troops to Afghanistan.
Speaking at a news conference with Obama, in Strasbourg on Friday, Sarkozy gave his support to "the new American strategy in Afghanistan", but added there would be "no strengthening of French troops" in the country.
He said France was ready to do more in the field of police training and economic aid.
The two leaders addressed the media hours (...)
The 60th anniversary summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be held in France and Germany on April 3 and 4. Eighteen years after the end of the Cold War, NATO has increased its membership to 26 countries, mostly European including numerous former Soviet republics. In Afghanistan NATO is waging its first armed conflict outside of Europe and its first ground war with the participation of armed units from all 26 NATO member states under US commandment. Rizoff debunks the myth that the EU was to act as a counterweight to the US in Europe, and examines the role of NATO-EU-US military integration basically as an instrument for attaining imperial geopolitical objectives involving the encirclement of Russia.
In view of Albania’s and Croatia’s recent admission to NATO and on the occasion of the Alliance’s 60th anniversary celebrations in France and Germany on April 3 and 4, Voltaire Net has asked Professor Daniele Ganser to give his assessment of this organisation. According to this world-renowned NATO specialist, the Alliance stopped playing a defensive role after the demise of the USSR. Today it has become the centurion of the United States in Europe.
February 17, 2008: Kosovars celebrate independence with their new flag
Russia is categorically against Kosovo joining the UN and international financial institutions. This country’s envoy to the OSCE, Anvar Azimov, said on Thursday that attempts to push the Kosovo separatists into such organizations violated legal and moral principles that all talk that UN membership will help the region’s administration improve the plight of the local ethnic Serb population simply holds no water.
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March 24, 2009 Tenth Anniversary of the beginning of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
More than 80 % of NATO’s bombardments were directed at civilian targets, residential areas, work places, clinics and schools. More then 50,000 rounds with depleted uranium are creating long-term contamination of the environment, with the bombing of chemical production facilities, both the population and the environment were contaminated, cluster bombs and mines are continuing to kill even today .
NATO violated (...)
Most symbolic foreign policy gesture of French president’s reign will reverse De Gaulle decision to walk out 40 years ago
Nicolas Sarkozy will today make the most symbolic foreign policy gesture of his presidency when he announces France’s return to the Nato military command structure.
The French president’s move will reverse Charles de Gaulle’s decision more than 40 years ago to walk out in protest at US domination.
Sarkozy’s decision to fully rejoin the alliance has sparked outrage from (...)
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a joint declaration in Moscow on 28 February 2009 aimed at deepening friendly relations and improving multidimensional cooperation between the two countries, with the Russian side defining the declaration as a “strategic document.” Despite the problems of the ruble and the weak oil price in recent months for the Russian economy, the Russian Government is pursuing a very active foreign policy strategy. Its elements focus on countering the continuing NATO encirclement policy of Washington, with often clever diplomatic initiatives on its Eurasian periphery.
Despite modern Russia being an open State, well integrated onto the world stage, atlantists insist in considering it as the former Soviet Union and try to isolate it. Following this logic, Washington is proceeding with the enlargement of NATO in spite of its own commitments, and undertaking the deployment of new missile systems in Europe. In this article, drafted specially for Foreign Affairs magazine but later rejected by its editorial board, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov calls on United Staters to renounce the Cold War renewal and suggests finding new regulation mechanisms within a USA-Russia-EU tripolar world. Here is the full, uncensored paper.
On February 10th, 2007, Speaking before the Munich Conference on Security Policy, Vladimir V. Putin denounced explicitly the United States’ fantasy of the world one-sided governance as lacking any legal and moral basis. He also criticized deeply the OSCE and the subversive usage by certain States of organizations which have of non-governmental but the name. We publish below the complete text of this very important speech which marks a swing in the Russian foreign policy.
The Cooperation Council between the European Union (EU) and the Kyrgyz Republic held its eighth meeting on Tuesday 18 July 2006. The meeting was chaired by the Head of the Kyrgyz Delegation, Mr Daniar Toktogulovich Usenov, First Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The delegation of the European Union was led by Mr Pertti Torstila, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Mrs Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, represented the (...)
The Cooperation Council between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Kazakhstan held its eighth meeting on Tuesday 18 July 2006. The meeting was chaired by Mr Akhmetzhan Smagulovich Yessimov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The delegation of the European Union was led by Mr Pertti Torstila, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Mrs Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, represented the Commission. The incoming (...)
Three assaults on the Kremlin within the month must be extraordinary even by Cold War standards.
As it is hard to believe that the disclosure of the activities of British spies by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is just a coincidence of the calendar, it is certainly very unlikely that the activities of Project Syndicate dealing with the Ukrainian issue are not a veiled response. Thus, the staff of George Soros spreads columns in affiliated media questioning the Russian energy policy and the political orientation of the country. Considering their audience and the effect of their reiteration, it is easy to understand that the arguments presented by Project Syndicate have an impact not only on public opinion but also on the analysts who usually deal with these topics. Therefore, anyone can see in the background of this issue the concern of the big financial organizations about the re-distribution of world energy (...)
Taking into account the kind of car you have is not important, because every time you fill up the tank you’re paying for the equivalent of what a Russian teacher makes a month. You’re also contributing to finance an archaic, inefficient and evil regimen. Russia began its G8 presidency by unleashing a gas-related war with Ukraine. By practically having the monopoly of supplies to Ukraine, Russia believed it could set prices to benefit itself. But, on its part, Ukraine virtually owns other (...)
Europe’s sigh of relief when the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine was supposedly over could even be heard in Kiev. But this settlement, which leaves Ukraine’s energy requirements to the mercy of a nonexistent company linked to a gang of international criminals, brings about more problems than solutions. This is the reason why I have presented a legal action.
The settlement between Ukraine and Gazprom, the Russian state-owned company, leaves Ukraine’s energy-related future to the mercy (...)
Between 2000 and 2001, Ukraine and Russia adopted reforms to limit gas prices that benefited the oligarchs. A contract was signed between the two countries as well as an agreement on prices. After the orange revolution, Russia and Ukraine made known their discontent with regard to the said agreement. Russia wanted to have prices similar to those of the market and Ukraine demanded better trade relations. Both demands were understandable.
However, the agreement signed on January 4 and made (...)
Russia’s use of gas to exert pressures upon Ukraine has provoked concern in the West. However, pressures upon Georgia are even stronger although less noticed. In Georgia, as well as in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin wants to apply the doctrine of the liberal empire formulated by Anatoli Chubais, chairman of the United Energy System. It’s goal is to create a new Russian empire by means of money and not tanks.
The first stage of this strategy was aimed at controlling the economy of Armenia. (...)
What did the Russian expect? Since the beginning, it was known that their threat of cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine would have a negative effect on them too. First of all, putting the threat into practice was very difficult. 90% of the Russian gas directed to western Europe goes through Ukraine. What Ukrainians have to do in case of a blockade is to divert that gas by saying they have the right to do it.
Therefore, the only explanation is that the threat had not commercial purposes. (...)
Russia and Ukraine put an end to their controversies regarding natural gas pricing. Ukraine will pay more, but less than what Russia had demanded at the beginning. That is the good news. The bad news is that the West did not take sides in the outcome.
Gazprom had requested to increase gas prices up to 400% for a Ukraine which is facing financial difficulties. Since Kiev was dependant upon Russia by 30% of its gas, Russia was then expecting to consolidate its presence in Ukraine, (...)
The Russian gas seems to be the unexpected and fundamental element that hampers Brussels’s expansionist will to the former Russian protectorates.
Since long ago, the Kremlin has been dealing with a plan conceived by the European Union and NATO to take over the pro-Russian area. In order to face the Euro-Atlantic adventure, the Russian gas seems to be its last card in this confrontation between Moscow and Brussels. The crisis between Russia and Ukraine regarding gas supply represents the (...)
The West has always made us believe that we, the Arabs, are the ones who decide everything in the oil market. But it has never been the case. Even worse, the Arabian petro-countries cannot even determine the fate of their own energy sources.
The current oil crisis is, in fact, caused by Russia. But, is it about the Russian state or about its oil companies? It is still unknown. Vladimir Putin seems to have taken full control not only over the Russian state, but also over its oil companies, (...)
In contrast with the work of its journalists, the board of directors of the reference Atlantist journal Le Monde has imposed, through its headlines and editorials, an anti-Russian primary reading about the gas crisis that opposed Moscow and Kiev.
On its January 3rd editorial, “La guerre du gaz”, the chief editor wrote: “The first war of the 21st Century has been declared. A country has just cut off the energy supply to another one because it does not comply with its demands. Russia, the first (...)
In its January 2, 2006 edition, French catholic journal La Croix, owned by the Assumptionist Order, devoted a dossier to the new presidency of the G-8 taken by Russia.
For the journal, Russia’s suspension of gas supplies to Ukraine the day it became president of the G-8 shows that such measure is not aimed at exerting pressure on Ukraine but on the rest of members of the group. Other journals have chosen to link the suspension of the supplies to Ukraine with the coming legislative elections (...)
The recent visit paid by the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to Bucharest and within this context, the signing of the Romanian - American Agreement on military bases established in that country, are a concern for Moscow, which always follows closely any change that might affect its interests in the region that might be considered highly strategic. The US has, therefore, recognized that it had informed Moscow in advance about its plans to establish its military bases in Romania. (...)
Actually, we are not different from Pora. We just take different actions. We share the same goal: to support and promote democracy. The Institute for Democracy is an international organization; but our headquarters are just in Kiev.
Usually, in democratic countries, youngsters want to either save or change the world. In Germany, for example, where everything is beautiful and no major changes have to be made, youngsters go to Africa to save it. Obviously we are not in Africa, but somehow (...)
When European leaders meet with Vladimir Putin in London on Oct. 4, they should encourage him to resolve Russia’s "2008 problem": the open question of whether Putin will remain in power or not upon completion of his term. The question has become a topic of discussion in Moscow, although the Russian president has kept an ambiguous attitude concerning this issue.
This question has implications beyond Russia’s borders. That is because, since 1991, there is an absence of democratic succession (...)
George W. Bush was respectful with Vladimir Putin during the last meeting they had. This was an attitude the Russian president accepted with arrogance by just being polite or caustic sometimes with regard to the foreign policy of the United States. We have not seen such imbalance in relations between the United States and Russia (or between the United States and the Soviet Union) since Yalta, 1945.
Surreptitiously, Putin accused the United States of being an accomplice to the Beslan (...)
When Viktor Yushchenko dismissed Yulia Tymoshenko he disappointed the friends of Ukraine who had believed in the orange revolution. That revolution was not the last step to democracy and all steps are not taken in the same direction. Europe and the United States should be patient with Ukraine. What has been achieved can’t be forgotten.
In 1991 Ukraine became independent after three centuries of Russian and later Soviet domination; it turned its economy into a market economy and established (...)
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