Arkady Savitsky is a military analyst based in St Petersburg, Russia.
There is a cause for concern and it’s real and very grave. Ukraine is being pushed to war. Kiev is not bluffing. Encouraged by its American tutors, it’s involved in dangerous games pursuing political purposes.
While the world attention is riveted to the situation in the Azov Sea and the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, US forces are getting prepared for a large-scale military operation in Syria.
It’s extremely hard to make any precise predictions about what’s in store, but one thing is certain — the unity of the West has been dealt a severe blow.
The only reason for the West to keep the failed Ukraine afloat is its obsequiousness and readiness to be converted into a springboard to threaten Russia with an aggression.
Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, proposed to create an Asian organization for security and cooperation.
There will soon be other people at the helm who hold quite different views on the problems faced by the EU, as well as on the bloc’s future. Everything may change, including the relationship with Russia and the sanctions.
The US-imposed sanctions have failed to reduce the demand for Russian weapons. China, India as well as many other countries refuse to bow.
Donald Trump could use his foreign-policy freedom to boost his popularity before the 2020 presidential race. Lowering the threat of war is one sure way to gain more voters’ support.
The Moscow Mechanism is being invoked to divert attention from serious and pressing problems that are beyond what the OSCE or any other Western-dominated institution can manage.
The US is blatantly violating Russian intellectual property rights. It could have done everything officially and bought a license, for instance, but it has not. This kind of behavior will inevitably tarnish the US reputation worldwide.