Russia not wanting it neighbours countries to cooperate with the West

On this day in 1987 U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev signed a nuclear weapons reduction treaty, and many of us thought we would come to an end of the Cold War.

We had seen that after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies came a time of friction waged on political, economic, and propaganda fronts. On both sides were stories told which took a twist with the truth.

By providing aid to the European countries, which felt obliged to be thankful for their ‘saviours’, the U.S.A. got Europe in her grip. It also made the continentals afraid for what they called that communist spook which would take away all their freedom.  When U.S. aid provided under the Marshall Plan to Western Europe had brought those countries under American influence the Cold War had solidified by 1947–48.

When the Soviets unsuccessfully blockaded the Western-held sectors of West Berlin (1948–49), the United States and its European allies formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). By doing so and by making people afraid for communists, those allied forces showed the world how the Soviets exploded their first atomic warhead (1949), thus ending the American monopoly on the atomic bomb and how the Chinese communists had come to power in mainland China (1949).

Map depicting the member countries and partner countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). – Image: Britannica, Inc./Kenny Chmielewski

Opposite the NATO the Soviet Union and Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania  established a mutual-defence organisation (Warsaw Treaty Organization) with the Warsaw Pact, formally Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, (May 14, 1955–July 1, 1991)

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Czechoslovaks carry their national flag past a burning Soviet tank in Prague.

That Russia was not afraid to use violence to get others in their pocket, was shown when after Pražská jar or the Prague Spring reformist Alexander Dubček was chosen as leader of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and started a period of political liberalisation and mass protest in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.  The Soviet decided to move Warsaw Pact troops into Czechoslovakia in August 1968 to bring the Czechoslovak regime back into the fold. What was bothering them a lot was perhaps not so much lifting restraints on freedom of expression but having it sought closer relations with the West. (Only Albania and Romania refused to join in the Czechoslovak repression.)

These days we see again that Russia is much afraid for one of its neighbour countries wanting to have more contact and co-operation with the West. This could be noticed already in 2014 when they wanted to have a stronghold and lighthouse at the Black Sea, and conquered the Ukrainian Krym, Crimea (or Krim). Russia formally annexed Crimea on 2014 March 21 and has taken over most Ukrainian military facilities in the region. This move was denounced by the international community, but in a certain way, Europe and the United States did not so much, mainly to avoid an escalation and in getting something that could result in a serious long term war.

Crimean “self-defence” forces that helped Russia wrest the peninsula from Ukraine were transformed into a national guard.

Ukraine. – Image: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

With the annexation of Crimea, it looked like we had entered again a new Cold War.

Though for some months now, several Western media outlets could notice some movements of army troops going to the Ukrainian border. Last week several media as proof of the Russian actions which seem to be more than just some exercises, published maps showing Russian troops near the border of Ukraine. More than 90,000 Russian troops are believed to be massed near Ukraine’s borders. The number of tanks and warfare material brought together so close to Ukraine maps also show how Russia is going to attack in the event of a war, which, according to the publications, may just start. But this is not certain – Putin, allegedly, has not decided yet, but the movement has strained already tense relations between Russia and the US.

US intelligence officials suggest that Russia is planning to deploy an estimated 175.000 troops and almost half of them are already in place along various points near Ukraine’s border. Their report said formations of troops were being moved around near the border “to obfuscate intentions and to create uncertainty.

For President Putin it is Ukraine that takes a provocative position, and he wants to have guarantees against eastward Nato expansion into former Warsaw Pact countries, and deployment of weapons close to Russia. He has dismissed reports of another invasion as rumours, while Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has warned against US military activity near Russian borders.

The nightmare scenario of military confrontation is returning,”

Mr Lavrov said this week.

After Tuesday’s call, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the Biden administration was preparing specific robust responses in the weeks ahead if they were required. The U.S.A. as well as the European Union warned they would impose economic sanctions and would also take other actions such as additional troop deployments to Nato allies in the region and defence equipment for Ukraine.

Ursula von der Leyen said the EU was not afraid that Russia would close the gas line to Europe, because Russia needs the money Europe is paying for that provision.

Mr Sullivan said Nord Stream 2, a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, which is not yet in operation, provided “leverage” for the US and its allies of which Germany has pushed it back and delayed it. Russia may think that because of the energy crisis in Europe the EU shall not want the gas pipeline shut down.

“If Vladimir Putin wants to see gas flow through that pipeline, he may not want to take the risk of invading Ukraine,”

Jake Sullivan told journalists. Earlier reports said US officials had reached agreement with Germany to shut down the pipeline in the event of an invasion.

Other possible measures include restrictions on Russia’s banks converting roubles into foreign currencies, or even disconnecting Russia from the Swift global financial payment system, reports say.

“Things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,”

Mr Sullivan added, referring to Western responses to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

On television, we could get the impression of a very relaxed atmosphere. We could see the opening of the video call with President Putin speaking from his residence in the southern resort of Sochi and President Biden from the White House.

The Western allies were coordinating on sanctions that would impose “significant and severe economic harm on the Russian economy” should Putin proceed with an invasion.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted last night:

“Spoke with Ukrainian President [Volodymyr Zelenskiy] about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. I reiterated U.S. support for Ukraine is unwavering. There will be serious consequences for any escalation from Russia.”

The White House said Biden, who will hold another call with the European leaders in the next few days, will also speak with Zelenskiy in the coming days.

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Preceding

  1. Russian take-over of Crimea
  2. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next
  3. Christadelphian brothers and sisters in Ukraine
  4. Fight against nationalism main struggle for feminists today
  5. Ukraine Poroshenko-Denisenko plan to form independent Orthodox church in Ukraine
  6. Can a state create a church
  7. Russia taking full advantage of energy crisis in Europe
  8. Russia reacting to attempts to break ‘strategic parity’
  9. Germany blocks Nord Stream 2 pipe from Russia
  10. Are we shambling into WWIII?

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  6. When Crimean people made their choice
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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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