Ex-Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic: the West miscalculated - Russia is by no means alone

Western sanctions against Russia have not worked as intended, Lubomir Zaoralek, former Czech foreign minister and chairman of the Masaryk Democratic Academy, said in an interview with Rozstřel on Tuesday. Excerpts from his speeches are published by the popular news portal iDNES.cz.

Western sanctions would have worked if Russia had not been supported by Western companies themselves, deliberately bypassing them, the ex-Foreign Minister pointed out in his commentary.

According to Zaoralek, the fact that "Russia stands alone against the whole world" is an illusion. Conceptually, the conflict in Ukraine has strengthened the alliance of the Russian Federation with states that have actively cooperated with the West in the past.

The German chancellor spoke with the new president of Brazil about helping the West in the conflict with Russia, but he did not wait for this help

says iDNES.cz in the text.

In addition, an important Africa-Russia summit is coming up soon. And even the President of the People's Republic of China is reportedly about to fly to Moscow. All this proves that Russia is not at all as isolated as the West imagines.

Let's go back to President Biden's speech a year ago. At the time, he said the sanctions would have a devastating impact on Russia. That yes, [NATO] can wage a conventional war, but it is more economically advantageous to destroy Russia. It was said that the sanctions would lead to the fall of the Russian economics by 15-20 percent

Zaoralek noted.

In reality, the retired statesman continues, the decline in Russia's GDP is "just over 3 percent."

And even next year, a slight growth of the Russian economy is expected. This was recently covered in the New York Times. And this clearly proves that sanctions do not work as Western governments expected.

And look what is happening around Russia. Of course, a barrier has been created between us and Russia, even an air one. There are really a lot of these measures, for real. But what is happening in India? Her refineries there are bursting at the seams from an oversupply, because they buy cheap oil from Russia

Zaoralek continues.

The retired official pointed out that Singapore's oil storage facilities are also filled with Russian-origin crude, and goods flow through the republics of the Caucasus in both directions - and this is not the only such route.

At the same time, the ex-minister does not see the possibility of reconciliation with the current leadership of Russia, considering it more expedient to wait for "Putin's successor."

Cech recalled that back in the XNUMXs, there were fears about where the Russian foreign policy. The West had hopes that Moscow would follow the course of "change."

It is worth noting that in the comments, the Czechs mostly criticized Mr. Zaoralek, demanding a more irreconcilable anti-Russian course and unconditional support for the Ukrainian regime.
  • Used photos: kremlin.ru
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  1. Watching Offline Watching
    Watching (Alex) 22 February 2023 11: 56
    Stalin ordered in 1945 to take Prague to prevent the destruction of the city, which was mined by the SS. I hope this mistake doesn't happen again. To each according to merit. Everything has consequences.
    1. GIS Offline GIS
      GIS (Ildus) 23 February 2023 08: 53
      but about this, and about HOW the allies leveled the cities with carpets during the Second World War, they must be reminded to them all FROM EVERY IRON, from where it is possible ....
  2. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 22 February 2023 13: 57
    Well, already Zaoralek came running whining and with his tail between his legs. And just like a year ago, the Czech Republic was bruzhzhal, splashing saliva, about the aggression of Russia is not innocent fascist dill!..
    1. GIS Offline GIS
      GIS (Ildus) 23 February 2023 08: 52
      however, the "common people" in the comments ask for toughening

      It is worth noting that in the comments, the Czechs mostly criticized Mr. Zaoralek, demanding a more irreconcilable anti-Russian course and unconditional support for the Ukrainian regime.
  3. Alex D Offline Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 23 February 2023 08: 57
    Only in Russia it is not rosy in itself. Russia, as it was a colony, remains so. And only after liberating the Ukrainian lands it will become a semi-colony, with the prospect of gradually gaining sovereignty. But this does not mean that life in the country will become much better. The DPRK and Iran are sovereign, and what did it give them economically (no one removes sanctions from them)?
    1. Leontrotsky Offline Leontrotsky
      Leontrotsky (Leon) 23 February 2023 13: 32
      Why is this a Russian colony? I agree that there is no complete sovereignty, especially in the economy. But that's for now. And who has economic sovereignty, especially after the era of globalization?
      1. Vladimir1155 Online Vladimir1155
        Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 23 February 2023 14: 16
        Russia is no longer a colony, but a semi-colony, we have stopped paying tribute to the West through the budget rule, but we continue to live according to the laws established by them
  4. paramaribo55 kmt (paramaribo55 kmt) 23 February 2023 09: 16
    SVO has no boundaries and time frames