Rostislav Ishchenko: Three Tasks – How the West Is Trying to Solve the Unsolvable

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

21:56:49
24/04/2018

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The President of the Center for System Analysis and Forecasting Rostislav Ishchenko commented to Sputnik about the results of the “G7” summit…

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the “G7” in Toronto had a Russophobic background. Obviously, this isn’t because for the first time in many years a representative of Ukraine (the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Klimkin was actually present without the right to vote) was invited to the meeting, and it’s not even because the G7, considering the Ukrainian question, adopted the concept of “aggressive Russia” and “did not rule out” applying new sanctions on Russia because of Donbass.

This was just immediately countered by the desperate requests of France and Germany to the US to soften the sanctions that already exist. I.e., while the Ministers of Foreign Affairs prepared a threatening statement, Macron and Merkel, who are urged on by national business, demanded the opposite from Trump. The situation is standard for modern western politics, where, as a result of the deepening split of the elite, the right hand often doesn’t know what the left one is doing.

Trump himself sometimes manages to make three mutually exclusive statements in the same day. What can be said about younger partners… Paris and Berlin battle with each other for domination in the Britain-less EU. At the same time they support the unity of the West, understood by Euro-bureaucracy as the full and unconditional support of the US’ initiatives. Well, and at the same time, being under the strong pressure of their own businesses, they have to defend their interests.

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Three of these tasks don’t correlate among themselves in any way, which suggests different algorithms of problem-solving. Hence the constant contradictions in official statements.

I think that the Lavrov’s rigorous assessment of the results of the “G7” meeting is caused by the decision announced by Boris Johnson to create at the next EU summit a “group to monitor the behavior of Russia”. Being a career diplomat, the Russian Foreign Minister knows very well that any international structure, once created, begins to lead its own life. Even if at first it was purely a propaganda decision, and the structure isn’t given any powers, it will begin to formulate recommendations, give its materials to the press, and will gradually gain influence not only in the public’s opinion, but also in the formation of actual policies.

It’s not difficult to guess that the “group to monitor the behavior of Russia” will send only negative signals to the people and governments. In their reports the group will promote the theses about “aggression”, “revisionism”, “undermining values”, “shaking the existing system”, etc.

I.e., the Russophobic vector of the activity of the structure that hasn’t yet been created has been set in advance. Here Lavrov warns that we see it, we understand it, and we won’t leave it without a reply.

Russia repeatedly demonstrated that it is better to listen to warnings. Otherwise everyone will bear resource losses, and the strategic objective of isolating Moscow and forcing it to capitulate on the terms of the West won’t be achieved all the same.

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