Russophobia as a way to go broke: the Baltic states cost Europe more and more

Recently, the European Parliament adopted another "historic" document - an extremely negative resolution on the Ostrovets NPP. And even though this object is located on the territory of Belarus, this should not mislead us. The decision of the European parliamentarians is dictated not only by their rejection of the “criminal regime of Lukashenka”, but also, first of all, by selective Russophobic motives in the most “classical form”.

Tellingly, the initiators of both the consideration of this issue in the European Parliament and giving it the most politicized sound were the representatives of Lithuania, who are actively supported by the other Baltic countries. This is a typical example of how the European Union follows the lead of, to put it mildly, not the most significant of its members, thus promoting their own interests. The problem is that the EU has to pay for the implementation of the absurd Baltic whims, both literally and figuratively. And this fee becomes more and more over time.

Russophobia as a way to go broke

At one time, both in the period preceding the collapse of the Soviet Union and immediately after this event, the "collective West", including the countries that are now part of the European Union, made a lot of efforts to ensure that not just the former Baltic republics from the “post-Soviet space” conditionally formed on the ruins of the USSR, but also to oppose them to Russia as much as possible. The inhabitants of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia were hammered into their heads with myths about their "exclusiveness", "Europeanness" and brilliant prospects that await the Baltic States and its population in the "happy European family", where they return, decisively breaking with the "damned soviet past." These dwarf countries were supposed to become a "showcase" that clearly demonstrates the correctness of just such a vector of development, bringing "dramatic changes for the better" caused by "decommunization" and, to be honest, by taking an openly anti-Russian position.

For the sake of the fastest "European transformation" of the Baltic states, the most aggressive nationalist cadres were pushed to power there, who readily carried out policies of these countries in the key that the West needed and carrying out all the commands that came from there without the slightest hesitation about the possible consequences. At the same time, Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn were indeed creating a “maximum favored nation regime” for their entry into both the EU and NATO, which, in fact, was the dream of the local “political elites” and the population deceived by propaganda. A belated insight among the inhabitants of these countries came later - when the "partners" began to implement the next stage of their plan. In Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, a rapid de-industrialization began, the complete collapse of all any significant components of national economies.

Industry was followed by agriculture, followed by the destruction of the unnecessary infrastructure ... Nevertheless, in this segment of "European integration" everything was more or less acceptable for the Balts - the EU did not skimp on generous subsidies and compensations for the same farmers, but its countries, having opened their borders, accepted hundreds of thousands of labor migrants from the region. The problems began later - when it turned out that she completely ruined the local economics Europe does not at all intend to support the Baltics forever on tranches and subsidies from its own pocket. In this case, we have a very subtle and peculiar collision: the European Union was confident that, despite all their Russophobic rhetoric, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania would not completely destroy economic ties with our country. They will continue to use their transit opportunities, conduct trade, and so on.

For Europeans, this is a completely common practice - the same Germany can reproach Moscow with “violation of human rights” or “annexation of Crimea” as much as she likes, accept our “oppositionists”, but continue to build Nord Stream 2 and take care of increasing exports to Russia ... With the Baltics, everything turned out in strict accordance with the saying about an alternatively gifted person, who was forced to pray to God ... Her countries, especially in recent years, have managed, especially in recent years, to spoil relations with our country so much that economic cooperation with it has been reduced to almost zero ... Moreover, literally in 2019-2020, they (especially Lithuania) quarreled with another important economic partner - Belarus, which inevitably promises new losses. Perhaps someone else in a similar situation would have thought hard about changing his own behavior, but not the Balts. Apparently, they firmly intend to continue to act in exactly the same spirit, and they are going to force to pay for their own political "elections" ... The European Union!

"Break out of the ring" and the road to nowhere

Let's consider this thesis using two specific examples. To begin with, let's return to the BelNPP topic. At present, the power systems of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are part of the so-called BRELL Electric Ring, which also unites the networks of Russia and Belarus. It would seem that such a replenishment of its capacity as the NPP “Ostrovets” being put into operation should be welcomed by all the project participants. But no. At the aforementioned meeting of the European Parliament, it was the deputy from Lithuania, Andrius Kubilius, who flirted about the BelNPP as a "Kremlin geopolitical project" designed to "chain the Baltic to the old Soviet energy system" and make it "a puppet in the hands of Russia." Some of his colleagues, in particular, the representative of Germany, generally agreed that “Ostrovets” is “Lukashenka’s weapon, which he intends to threaten both his people and the inhabitants of Lithuania,” but this is, excuse me, psychiatry.

The practical meaning of the Russophobic - anti-Belarusian demarches of Kubilius and others like him is in the desire to "break out of the ring" of BRELL, by sucking ... sorry - by connecting to the energy system of Europe. And all would be fine, but neither Vilnius, nor Riga, nor Tallinn, nor all of them together have the money necessary for such a large-scale "turn to the West". "Electric Europeanization" is supposed to come at the expense of Brussels. As a matter of fact, with his money, it has already been carried out little by little - since 2017, when the Balts decided to withdraw from BRELL. The first tranche "to cover infrastructure costs" of more than 300 million euros was allocated by Brussels in the same year. However, at present, according to the assessment of the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, investments of at least another billion euros are needed. But electricity for the Baltics needs to be generated somewhere else! At the moment, Europe (the same Germany and France) is actively phasing out its own nuclear energy, declaring its intentions to switch to renewable energy sources. But will the watts generated by wind turbines and tides be enough for new "freeloaders"?

According to the available information, wholly supporting in words the aspiration of Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga to "increase the energy security of Europe" by withdrawing from BRELL, Brussels is perplexed: what do these Balts want ?! Finland is cited as an example, which (for nothing that has never been a former republic of the USSR) imports Russian electricity without any problems. Because it is reliable and profitable. And these are twisting their nose ... How the situation will be resolved at the current stage is completely incomprehensible. Vilnius has repeatedly stated that they will not accept a single watt produced at Ostrovets. However, whether the power engineers of the country, which is part of the unified system, will meticulously establish the origin of the electricity supplied to them from the BRELL in each specific case, or whether they simply intend to leave it, despite the fact that according to the plan approved by Brussels, this should happen no earlier than 2025 is absolutely unclear ...

It is quite possible that the same Vilnius, whose emissaries today in the European Parliament are demanding “to show European solidarity” in “getting rid of the Belarusian monster”, tomorrow they will go with a knife to the throats of European officials, demanding to immediately finance this “rescue”. They will become - after all, the representatives of the Baltic countries staged a completely ugly attempt to blackmail the entire European Union when it came to approving a budget plan for allocating funds to overcome the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. "Either give money for Rail Baltica, or we will block your budget to Kuzminuskas's mother!" - set the condition "the leaders of the Baltic powers" in a letter that they, like the Cossacks from the famous picture, wrote to Antonio Costi, Prime Minister of Portugal, presiding over the Council of Europe.

A terrible offense in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was caused by the fact that the promised by Brussels 1.4 billion euros "for the completion of the construction of the main cross-border railways between the EU countries to unite them and support the functioning of the single market", as it turned out, were not intended for them at all! Or rather, not to them on an uncontested basis. The Balts, begging for this money for a long time and tediously, almost felt pleasantly rustling bills in their hands, when suddenly ... The whole thing was ruined by the European Parliament, whose deputies declared that such funds should be "allocated on a competitive basis" and not go to those who whine the most plaintive of all. They are quite understandable, because experts in the field of economics have long come to the conclusion that Rail Baltica is, in fact, a road to nowhere. It certainly has serious military significance for NATO as a highway for the transfer of troops to the borders of Russia and Belarus. However, this project has no economic prospects from the word “absolutely”. Well, this railway will not pay off even in a hundred years. The only thing that can give it real meaning and even make it a profitable investment is the hypothetical restoration of economic and trade ties with Russia by the Baltic states. Then, filled with our and Belarusian transit, this path will at least pay for itself.

However, Brussels is well aware that such a scenario belongs more to the realm of fantasy, and not economic forecasts. So they are in no hurry to fork out, because it is considered wrong to "bury" common money in a deliberately failed project even in the name of "European solidarity", especially in the current crisis conditions. In fact, Europe has fallen into a trap that it has prepared for itself - having turned the Baltics into its own outpost against our country, it is now forced to maintain economically insolvent countries, the only "product" of which is Russophobia.
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  1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 16 February 2021 13: 32
    The railway needs to be built from and supplied with electricity from Europe! Here will be a joke.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 16 February 2021 14: 17
    First, let them fulfill political demands, and then we can think about economic ones! This Baltics has done so much nastiness and meanness to Russia and the Russians that I would do my best to make them disappear as states as quickly as possible. And to develop the territory, Russia has a lot of experience.
  3. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
    Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 19 February 2021 14: 23
    One can agree with the author of the article that all three Baltic republics of the former USSR are openly anti-Russian. The question arises: why? For the annexation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 1940, which Russia recognized and officially apologized in 1991? For the repression of the local population in the form of mass executions, arrests, forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of local intelligentsia? For an active policy of changing the ethnic composition of Latvia and Estonia, which significantly increased the percentage of the Russian-speaking population - in Latvia to almost half, and in Estonia to a third of the indigenous population. For the collectivization of traditionally farming, military bases, artificial integration into the economy of the USSR and isolation from European culture and economy? For empty counters in the days of developed socialism? For taking away and nationalizing all the property from the former owners? Unfortunately, the author does not give an answer to this question. It turns out that the ungrateful Balts, having joined NATO (and whom they are afraid of, it is completely incomprehensible!) EU, Schengen, are performing the dance of St. Vitus on their own rake. At the same time, not a single statistical calculation compensated by emotions. On these very dubious premises, a conclusion is made about the economic insolvency of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. And this despite the fact that the minimum net wage in Estonia is almost 700 euros, and the average is under 1600 euros, there is a stable GDP growth at the level of developed European countries, HDI -29%. Estonia is the economic leader among all post-communist states, including such as Slovenia and Croatia. Not to mention Poland and even the Czech Republic. In Latvia and Lithuania it is worse. But, again, in all respects, the economy of these countries is ahead of all the republics of the former USSR. The author's assertion about the Baltic "dwarf states" is also doubtful. Latvia and Lithuania are comparable in territory with Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia. And Estonia - with the Netherlands. It looks like the fable of I. A. Krylov "The Fox and the Grapes".
    1. Lucifer67S Offline Lucifer67S
      Lucifer67S (Victor Schmidt) 20 February 2021 20: 48
      ja sam iz Germany i znaju chto vse pribalti nishie iu nas tolko tam rabotajut, gde nam rabotat nehochetsja ili protivno, a eshe znaju, chto skoro mi perestanem vam poproshaykam dengi iz obshego Evropeyskot nas tolko ia poltejut ...
      1. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
        Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 20 February 2021 22: 58
        I'm actually from Israel. This is the first thing. Take a look at the unbiased HDI statistics by country. Look at the places occupied in this rating by Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. This is the second. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Russia and Ukraine are in Israel in order to earn money. This is official and verifiable data. People enter with tourist visas and then stay in Israel. This moment is recorded. Balts - there are no illegal immigrants in Russia and Israel. If they exist in the European Union, this is a completely different question. Within the framework of the right to work within the borders of the European Union of its members. No need to juggle. It's about the standard of living in the Russian Federation and the Baltic countries. The author writes that they are all economically untenable. According to statistics (HDI), the opposite is true. Israel, for example, is poorer than Norway. But this does not mean that Israel economically failed. This is the third. And finally the last one. Do not poke strangers, do not allow inappropriate, untested and
        slanderous statements. Moreover, not correctly stated. Tetrohydrocannabinol, for your information, contained in Chui and Manchu cannabis, which you call "weed" in jargon, is classified as a drug. Like opiates, or synthetic drugs.
        Consider, if possible, my comments and you will be happy.
        1. Barmaley_2 Offline Barmaley_2
          Barmaley_2 (Barmaley) 21 February 2021 02: 41
          What amount of subsidies, Mr. Vagabond1812, does the budget of the Russian Federation receive from the EU, the United States or other structures to which it belongs every year? Can you clarify? Do you generally understand the meaning of the word subsidy and the very meaning of the phrase "economic viability"? the mass of visitors was not only in the Baltic States and so on. other republics and not because of some special "dilution of the local population", but because of industrialization and the lack of the same trained workers, etc. Or in the Baltic States, perhaps, nothing was built under the USSR?
          All these mantras of yours about "and there the minimum wage is 700 euros and blah blah" are very good. But! There is such a thing as (and this is more important than all these accounting bleats and numbers) purchasing power parity and something else. At my leisure, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with this - what it is and what it is eaten with. I had a neighbor about 7-8 years ago. He lived near Riga. Retired for a long time. From Russians. Moved back to children in Ukraine. To my question: “Why Did you move here? "She simply replied:" I can't live there myself on a pension of 500 euros, but here the children live and, if anything, they will help. Although the Ukrainian pension in the equivalent of 200 euros for life here, in general, is enough - much cheaper an order of magnitude. "
          And there is no need here to talk about the total emptiness of the counters in the Baltic states. Just as the showcase of the USSR, they tried to support them most of all. I was several times back in the USSR and in Riga and Tallinn, and even in Moscow I did not see those things on sale. , which could easily be bought there, but for the rest of the cities of the USSR I am generally silent. Therefore, then I would like to clarify: is it okay that Israel has been in large quantities from the same postsovka from other countries? Why are you for these then, like, "non-Israelites" Or maybe they were dispossessed only in the Baltics, and all the rest were like that under the USSR in the bourgeoisie that was not killed until 1991. went?
          1. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
            Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 21 February 2021 03: 06
            Don't be nervous: nerve cells won't regenerate. Your thoughts are leaping, my sir. Like those horses. If you have statistics "bleating" - then what to talk about at all? If, instead of refuting me with reasoned references to sources, you are operating with some anonymous old woman, then this is not a polemic. And the Ryazan bazaar. And you act in this market in a role that is unenviable for a man. The Baltic states did not ask to disfigure their economy with Soviet collectivization and industrialization. Didn't ask her to be occupied and annexed. Did not ask to physically destroy its indigenous population on a massive scale. And even more so, she did not want to disappear from the face of the earth as an ethnic group. Now the Baltic states are on their feet both economically and culturally. And they do not depend on Russia for anything. And little Finland, if it had not shot over 150000 "liberators" during the "Winter War", would now be "the shelter of the wretched Chukhontsi", as A.S. Pushkin. Compare the standard of living of the Finns in Suomi and their closest relatives, the Mordovians in the Russian Federation.
            Israel is a completely different song. And not everyone is allowed there, but only those with Jewish roots. Yes, they are traveling for different reasons - but the idea is to gather all the Jews in the Jewish state. This is the basic tenet of Zionism, successfully implemented. But they also tried to destroy. And the same Soviet Russia gave the enemies of Israel Cyclopean mountains of weapons. And it all ended with the defeat and shame of the Arab aggressors. As soon as the USSR ordered to live long, peace came on the borders of Israel. Prosperity as in the Baltic states.
            1. Barmaley_2 Offline Barmaley_2
              Barmaley_2 (Barmaley) 21 February 2021 04: 48
              Vagabond1812, you were asked ABSOLUTELY SIMPLE, BUT SPECIFIC questions! And your demagogic opuses do not have answers to this. I did not touch on the topics of Arabs or Jews, as well as weapons, as well as Finland, which, nevertheless, its success I achieved THANKS to the opportunity to trade both with the USSR and with the modern RF. And, by the way, I am from a city where people like you are smart people of your blood where you can’t spit completely. So keep your mans with you.
              And nerve cells - neuroscientists proved a few years ago - are restored. And here you are in trouble.
              What is specific and in essence?
        2. Lucifer67S Offline Lucifer67S
          Lucifer67S (Victor Schmidt) 22 February 2021 22: 20
          na Vi ja razgovarivaju tolko s ludmi kotorih ja uvagaju, no ne tebja evrey i tebe podobnih, to chto ja pro pribaltov i polakov tut napisal, to eto pravda, zachem mne nemcu vrat o nih. i td
  4. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
    Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 21 February 2021 07: 43
    Quote: Barmaley_2
    Vagabond1812, you were asked ABSOLUTELY SIMPLE, BUT SPECIFIC questions! And your demagogic opuses do not have answers to this. I did not touch on the topics of Arabs or Jews, as well as weapons, as well as Finland, which, nevertheless, its success I achieved THANKS to the opportunity to trade both with the USSR and with the modern RF. And, by the way, I am from a city where people like you are smart people of your blood where you can’t spit completely. So keep your mans with you.
    And nerve cells - neuroscientists proved a few years ago - are restored. And here you are in trouble.
    What is specific and in essence?

    1. Almost all Jews left Russia. And they did not lose.
    The Estonian economy is a developed economy, a member of the European Union and the 114th economy in the world in terms of GDP in PPP as of 2016. Among the post-communist countries, Estonia is one of the most developed. In terms of GDP per capita (nominal) - $ 23 (758nd place after Slovenia, 2). In terms of GDP per capita (PPP) - $ 2019 (38rd place after Slovenia and the Czech Republic, 540). As of December 3, Estonia has the highest net average among all post-communist countries of the world (€ 2019) and, as of January 2019, 1257,13, the second after Slovenia (€ 1, in Estonia € 2020) net minimum wage. The average wage (gross) in Estonia in December 700 is € 550,38 [2019] and (net, after taxes) € 1551 The minimum gross wage in Estonia from January 34, 1257,13 is € 1, the minimum net salary - € 2020.

    These are specific figures for the Estonian economy. Exactly the same are available in Latvia and Lithuania. Of your counter-arguments - one anonymous old woman. The economy of the Baltics, created during the years of the USSR, turned out to be unprofitable. As a result, the collective and state farms, as well as all enterprises of the times of the Union, were liquidated. Then the ascent began.
    Russia in all HDI indicators, and there are 13 of them lagged behind Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by orders of magnitude. Located between Kazakhstan and Belarus. But higher than Ukraine, Moldova, all other former republics. That is, if you take all 15 - then in 4th place. Under the USSR, Russia was starving, now it is not. But to call the Baltic countries "rogue" and Russia the leader of capitalist production is a deliberate lie. These are facts. You have emotions.
    3. Finland achieved its economic success without being the main economic
    partner of the USSR, not being a part of the USSR and following the market development path, unlike the USSR. The DPRK and Cuba followed the path of the USSR. The result is obvious. And the entire socialist camp (what a Stalinist word!) Collapsed. And the hatred "for all the good" towards Soviet Russia remained. All countries of the former Warsaw Pact, without exception. Except for Serbia, perhaps. But there is a special conversation. You can compare how Karelia and Finland, taken from the Finns of the USSR, developed.
    1. Barmaley_2 Offline Barmaley_2
      Barmaley_2 (Barmaley) 21 February 2021 14: 20
      piling up a bunch of completely useless information that is not in essence is not an answer to SPECIFIC questions. As a representative of a certain nation, your mans here too beat over the edge. I warned that this does not scandal. I asked:
      1. WHAT subsidies, how much and from whom does the modern Russian Federation receive, as the Baltic countries from the EU?
      2. How can one declare "the economic viability of a country" and this can be determined within the framework of their meager economic weight, the number of population and size of the territory? By what criteria? Whom do they subsidize, for example, as the main donors of the EU - Germany and France or financial are resource-technological zones?
      3. Disposal in the USSR concerned only the Baltic countries, and the internal displacement of the population took place outside the framework of industrialization, etc. in the country? Nothing was built in the Baltics under the USSR?
      4. Where did I write (poke me with your finger!) That the Finns “thanks to the main partner of the USSR have achieved success?” Where is this “main partner?” Where did I write that the Russian Federation is a “leader of capitalist production?” Why are you twisting all the time and twitches?
      5.You to repatriates who have come to Israel from different countries also declare so and gasp: "Here come in large numbers!" ?
      6. Maybe all of you, so get acquainted with the definition of the difference in purchasing power and then you will understand that I have entered my neighbor here just for the sake of simplicity of explaining to you what it is and what difference there may be in different countries and what is the difference. As an economist with a second degree, I’ll tell you one more secret. I’m not an adherent of either the Russian Federation, or the USSR and not with the Russian Federation in general. But! When I read such nonsense of yours, in some places lies, twisting, etc., then as an educational program , I would also like to add that there is also the concept of monetization of the ec-ki. You can also get acquainted with this in more depth at your leisure. So, the ec-ka of the Russian Federation is NOT DOMONETIZED, unlike the EU countries or the USA. VERY! gives a distorted perception of its full strength and, accordingly, complicates the process of many assessments and comparisons. As one of the simple possibilities (there are other criteria) to assess this undermonetisation is to compare the level of public debt to GDP.
      Further, a remark for you, a lover of getting involved in the jungle and demagoguery. The main problem of hunger in the WORLD was solved only by the 70s of the 20th century. It was not only in the USSR. Within the framework of the ek-ki of the USSR, the ek-ka of the Baltic states as much was integrated into the Soviet Union and had the most powerful industry there. I will not go into details about "neo-ty / ef-ty", but Vida Komichene, an employee of the Center for the Genocide of Lithuanian Citizens and Resistance, said that during the Soviet era, the republic was a donor of the all-Union budget. Then how can you subsidize other countries / republics with your own economy?