“Political move”: why the head of the Council of Europe called Russia a “strategic problem” EU

According to the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, Russia is a “strategic problem” for the European Union. He also said that the Kremlin’s policy of “aggressive” and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly intended to “weaken” the EU by “provoking internal contradictions”. In addition, Tusk urged the Union to continue the policy of sanctions against Moscow. Experts believe that such anti-Russian rhetoric is intended to justify the failure of European leadership. Analysts remind that at the bilateral level, several EU member States seek to establish a dialogue with Moscow, but the course of official Brussels in recent years remains unchanged.

«Политический ход»: почему глава Евросовета назвал Россию «стратегической проблемой» ЕС

RIA Novosti © Vladimir Sergeiev of the European Council Donald Tusk called Russia a “strategic problem” EU. He stated, speaking from the stage at the College of Europe in Bruges.

“Almost every week I had to openly remind others that for us Russia is not a strategic partner but a strategic problem. Because of my attention to this issue, I even called monomaniacal — said Tusk.

According to him, the Kremlin’s policy is “aggressive”, and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin supposedly going to weaken the European Union.The head of the European Council said that throughout his term, European countries “to maintain unity, including the issue of anti-Russian sanctions.” In addition, Tusk called on EU member States to continue this policy.

“Our consistent tough stance against Russia was the first clear and unambiguous signal of our sovereignty. We should continue to follow it,” — said the European official.

While Tusk expressed hope that the initiative to revise “the position in relation to Russia”, which was made by the President of France Emmanuel macron, will not be carried out by “common dreams of a sovereign Europe.”

“That’s why, hearing the words of the Makron that “we need to reconsider our position in relation to Russia, to rethink the strategic partnership”, I can only Express the hope that this will not become our common dream of a sovereign Europe”, — said the head of the Supreme political body of the EU.

«Политический ход»: почему глава Евросовета назвал Россию «стратегической проблемой» ЕС

The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Reuters © Kacper PempelТуск also stressed that the French leader will not be able to convince him about the ways of cooperation with Moscow.

“The President macron stated that it shared the point of view of Viktor Orban and hopes that it will help to persuade the poles to change their attitude to Russia. Maybe someone will be persuaded, but not me, Emmanuel,” — said the politician.

“Contrary to common sense”

It should be noted that this is not the first anti-sense statement by Tusk. In August, the head of the European Council during a press conference before the summit “the Big seven” in Biarritz has opposed the return of Russia in the G8 format, offering instead to invite to the next meeting of G7 leaders as a guest of Ukraine.In November last year, during his visit to Poland, Tusk drew a parallel between European politicians, who admired the actions of the White house, in favor of breksa and “flirting” with Russia, and those who are trying to prove that the EU has no future.

“I want to emphasize that there is no coincidence that almost all of Europe, openly or more secretly, as those who are enthusiastic about bracito who more or less enthusiastically greeted the next steps of Washington’s isolationism, those who with increasing intensity flirting with Vladimir Putin, all of them trying to convince us that the European Union has no future”, — quotes the statement of Tusk, the press service of the European Council.

Before that, in January 2018, Tusk said at the plenary session of the European Parliament that the EU will continue its policy of sanctions against Russia.

Experts believe that anti-Russian rhetoric of European officials is largely due to his political activities in Poland.

“The current head of the European Council — senior relay of the theses of the opponents of the development of relations between Russia and Europe”, — said in an interview with RT’s senior research fellow, Centre for European studies, IMEMO RAS Vladimir olenchenko.Commenting on the accusations Tusk to the Russian President, olenchenko said that “Moscow would never undermine the authority of his trading partner.”

“It would be contrary to common sense. And the head of the European Council such statements deliberately wants to mislead the countries of the European Union and the public”, — said the analyst.

«Политический ход»: почему глава Евросовета назвал Россию «стратегической проблемой» ЕС

Reuters © Yves Nagmamagaling of view is shared by the head of sector of regional problems and conflicts IMEMO the name of Yevgeny Primakov, RAS Konstantin Voronov. According to him, “discord inside the EU” is not caused by the alleged “Russian aggression” and conflict of interests of countries — participants of the Union.

“Moscow is pursuing a policy aimed at developing bilateral mutually advantageous relations, which contradict the sanctions against her. Russian efforts through establishing contacts with Europe is not just words, but concrete actions, including the construction of gas pipelines that strengthen the economic Foundation of the EU enhance its energy security,” — said the ravens in an interview with RT.

“Could not cope with the problems”

According to analysts, Tusk made another anti-Russian statement amid the failed policy of European bureaucrats, which led to numerous problems within the EU, including brakcet and migration crisis.

We will remind, in September the UK government on the request of parliamentarians issued the “worst” scenario of the Kingdom’s exit from the EU without a deal.The document notes that as a result of “rising prices for food and fuel” that is inevitable during hard breccia, “disproportionately” affected groups of the population with low income.

In addition, the exit of Britain from the European Union will result in serious disruption of transport and trade communications. Negative impact brakcet without a deal and on the level of law and order in the UK — it is projected “the growth of social unrest and tension in society.”

Another equally serious problem of the European Union, analysts say the growing number of migrants and refugees.

In early October the Minister of internal Affairs of Germany Horst Seehofer in an interview with German newspaper Bild warned about the possible repetition of the migration crisis in 2015.

In addition, in September, Europol announced that police in Europe still record the attempts of militants to use the migration flows to enter the EU.

«Политический ход»: почему глава Евросовета назвал Россию «стратегической проблемой» ЕС

Syrian refugees arrive at the camp in Germany Reuters © Kai PfaffenbachПри this, according to political analysts, responsibility for the problems within the European Union primarily lies with the leadership of this Association and, in particular, the head of the European Council.

“Tusk for four years was Chairman of the EU. If he could not cope with the problems within the Association, it speaks to his incompetence and inability to resolve contentious issues,” said Shchedrin.The expert also recalled that it was Brussels, not Russia, initiated the steps that later led to negative consequences for the EU.

This view is shared by Konstantin Voronov. In his opinion, Tusk’s words that the problems of the European Union blame Russia, just a “political move”.

“European officials need to explain that Brussels cope with domestic difficulties,” — said the expert.

“The sanctions policy is crumbling”

The analysts remind that in contrast to the official Brussels, advocating for the extension of sanctions against Moscow, a number of EU countries seek to establish a mutually beneficial partnership with Russia.

We will remind, last week, Emmanuel macron has called “a huge mistake” the EU’s refusal of dialogue with Russia. He stated this in an interview with the British edition of The Economist. According to him, it is necessary to abandon the view of Moscow as the “original enemy” of NATO and to reconsider the strategic relationship with the Russian side for the sake of common interests and security of Europe.

«Политический ход»: почему глава Евросовета назвал Россию «стратегической проблемой» ЕС

The President of France Emmanuel macron Reuters © Hector RetamalВ the same vein made on 7 November and the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Greece Alexandros Gennimatas following the visit of the head of the Greek foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in the Russian Federation. According to him, began “a new Chapter in kind bilateral relations” Athens and Moscow.In addition, at the end of September for the gradual easing of EU sanctions on Russia were made by the representatives of several factions of the German Parliament member of the left Social-democratic party of Germany Bernd Westphal, representative of the Left party Klaus Ernst and Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on economic cooperation and development Peter Ramsauer. This they said during a conference organized by the Eastern Committee of German economy.

According to Konstantin Voronov, “EU sanctions policy is bursting at the seams”, because it does not bring any benefits to the countries of the Union.

“This is evidenced by the fact that large European companies strongly bypass the restriction and build relationships with Russian partners. In addition, the EU leaders understand that without Moscow it will be impossible to solve international and regional issues,” — said the ravens.

Vladimir olenchenko also notes that European countries is beneficial to cooperate with Russia, including in trade and investment. However, extending the anti-Russian sanctions, the EU acts primarily in its detriment, the expert believes.

“These restrictions reduce the turnover of the European Union, as demonstrated by the latest figures. In October the economic growth of the enterprises amounted to only 0.2%”, — stated the analyst.

While olenchenko emphasizes that the individual States of Europe are unable to overcome the anti-Russian course of the official Brussels.

“The paradox is that at the level of bilateral contacts with Russia in almost all EU countries declare the need to remove sanctions, about their uselessness and stupidity. However, when the representatives of those States together, it appears that the restrictions against Moscow it is necessary to renew,” concluded olenchenko.Irina Taran, Alyona Medvedeva

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