Why Europe should take Moscow's warning seriously

The recent signal from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the European Union does not resemble "the last Chinese warning," writes the Belgian edition of Modern Diplomacy.

Older people remember the times when the United States considered Taiwan to be China and the PRC to be nothing. Washington staged military provocations almost every day or teased Beijing with references to Taipei. In response, the PRC with the same regularity published "serious warnings" to the United States. This went on for many years.

Now everything looks different. Moscow is really ready to break off relations with Brussels if the Europeans begin to impose sanctions over opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

For several decades, the West has accused Russia of being "aggressive" towards some members of the "peace-loving" NATO, which is rapidly expanding to the East. The Alliance has forgotten the promise made to the USSR that after the unification of Germany the bloc will not advance a single meter.

They used the situation in Ukraine (Crimea and Donbass), the "poisoning of the Skripals", "influence on the US elections" against Russia, and now they have reached the point of overt interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation. At the same time, the information machine of the West uses the method of “regular repetition”, transforming lies and half-truths into generally recognized and irrefutable truth.

The situation in Donbass can be cited as an example. The West is absolutely indifferent to the fact that it is populated mainly by Russians, who did not accept the nationalist coup and do not consider Stepan Bandera a hero. At the same time, Moscow does not hide the fact that it provides military assistance to the militia and humanitarian support to the residents of this region, although it still considers it part of Ukraine. In turn, Kiev banned the use of the Russian language in the country under the threat of repression.

As for the EU, Brussels has already tried to threaten the Russian Federation because of the "poisoning" of Navalny, now "criminal prosecution" is being used, and Moscow frankly does not like this. In European capitals, narcissism reigns, because in the past Russians reacted very sluggishly to sanctions.

Lavrov's warning should be taken seriously. This is the first such statement, but it is most likely the last. In our global world many people can seriously suffer from rash actions. Large and respectable European countries should heed the proposal of the Russians, and not succumb to the machinations of petty and malicious Russophobes.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 20 February 2021 10: 07
    When I read about Lavrov's threats, I am constantly amused. Opening news today:

    Foreign Minister Lavrov: Normal relations between Russia and the EU have been torn to pieces. statement by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who called Russia an old enemy of the EU.

    Is it normal that Ukraine constantly calls Russia an occupier? But Lavrov is not talking about Ukraine and about shreds. On the contrary, Putin is glad that trade with Ukraine has increased during the pandemic. In this EU property and real estate our elite has a "sea". Lavrov will only twitch or do, the EU will immediately restrict access to this property. We talked with such pomp about the expulsion of foreign diplomats, because of the bulk, but it turns out the very next day, these countries, expelled our diplomats. In, reaction !!! Lavrov must be driven, I cannot find censorship words.
    1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
      Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 20 February 2021 10: 35
      Why are you suffering so much?
      Solve the problem, once and for all.
      Kill the ApStenu.))
      You have already, with your hatred, become twinned with Mikols and Bindyuzhniki.
      Only yours, a common dream, will not come true anyway.
      1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
        steelmaker 20 February 2021 10: 44
        The idiot's dream is the neighbor's wife

        Do you know this saying? Give me money for vodka, maybe your dream will come true!
        1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
          Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 20 February 2021 11: 00
          Our dream came true.))
          Crimea became Russia.

          And for vodka, go beg near the liqueur. In the same place, next to it, in the trash can and have a snack.))
          1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
            steelmaker 20 February 2021 15: 58
            Somehow your brains are not right in a row. There is no way to praise Lavrov with specific examples, he has been in office since 2004, you spattered my comments with anger. The gap in education is felt. Or were you kicked too?
            1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
              Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 20 February 2021 16: 14
              What, did you shoot a bottle?
              Feel better?
              1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
                steelmaker 20 February 2021 19: 31
                I am a working pensioner. I always have a bottle under the table. This is my corona virus vaccine. And education is not enough to refute me and praise Lavrov. I was right. Or you don’t know how to use Google, or even Google cannot give the result? Mediocre! You can only be rude!
                1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
                  Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 20 February 2021 20: 00
                  And these "gifted" bruises are striving for power.
                  One already almost swelled Russia.
                  Roll up some more piss, and dry up!
                  He demands respect for himself.
                  Yes, right now, ran away.
                  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
                    steelmaker 21 February 2021 21: 18
                    You were definitely kicked! Or you were already born that way. Where am I striving for power? Oh and mediocrity !!!
    2. Vadim Ananyin Offline Vadim Ananyin
      Vadim Ananyin (Vadim Ananyin) 20 February 2021 10: 42
      Everything has its time, the road is a spoon for dinner.
      And everyone has already gone to Ukraine ..... t, there is only time to waste.
      The balance of trade with their economy is only in our favor, let them bend further.
      Expulsion of diplomats - because they lit up, others will light up - they will go home.
      And the elite-stratum of oligarchs should suffer, they were warned and that few people would care about them, I think you too.
  2. Mihail55 Offline Mihail55
    Mihail55 (Michael) 20 February 2021 12: 01
    To be honest, I agree with the steelmaker. Oil rose in price to the 2014 level, but then the dollar was about 32 rubles. What changed???? Sanctions ... pandemic ???? Searching for enemies around is the lot of the weak! To restore order in your economy is weak ??? And you don't need to wave your fists for the internal consumption of a big mind ... We sell natural resources and use the industrial scraps of ENEMIES! How long ???
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 February 2021 12: 36
    What a nightmare.
    -the first such statement, but it is most likely the last-

    I remember that they left the European Parliament and did not give money, but everyone worked and even a daughter, like Peskov, worked as a secretary for a Euro-deputy ...
    Money doesn't smell like words ..