“I do not see how we can restore confidence in anyone who justifies an invasion with shameless lies,” French MEP Arnaud Danjean said on Thursday in the show Tout un monde, on the sidelines of the NATO-G7 tripartite meeting. His Polish colleague Roza Thun points to the role of “translators” that the former Eastern countries could play.
As the Russian invasion enters its second month, Brussels on Thursday is the center of a Europe that is remobilizing. The Old Continent begins an intense and even rarely seen diplomatic sequence in the presence of its American partner. On the agenda: A NATO summit followed by a G7 summit and a meeting of EU heads of state to conclude.
US President Joe Biden will attend the first two and will then speak to EU leaders. He is also traveling to Poland on Friday to meet his colleague Andrzej Duda.
The objectives of these three meetings are several (reading frame). A new strengthening of sanctions will be discussed in particular, as well as a further deployment of NATO or the issue of reception of Ukrainian refugees.
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Keeps Russia “on a tight leash”
Asked about her hopes at the end of this triple summit, the central MEP representing Poland, Roza Thun, expects Europe to step up its current commitment to help Ukraine. “You really have to take part in this war, do everything to end it as soon as possible, because we know that cities are being destroyed, people are being killed, and emigrants are counting in the millions,” she begged in the RTS program Tout un monde, live from Brussels to the apartment.
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“Poland has always said that we need a tougher policy towards Vladimir Putin, and no one took us seriously. We were called paranoid Russophobes. No one expected this aggression, but we expected it. We knew it was on its way, she continues. “The only thing we can do today is to react very strongly and force, with global unity, Russia to stop the war”, and then “keep it on a short leash”.
She says she has already noticed changes in Brussels: “Tomorrow’s Europe will be different. The atmosphere in the European Parliament building is different than a few weeks ago. We have already changed. Unfortunately, it took this war to really unite us, ” she says. she remarks.
Tomorrow’s Europe will be different. The mood in the European Parliament is different than a few weeks ago. We have already changed. Unfortunately, it took this war to really unite us
Show Europe’s unity and determination
“We have known for a long time that such summits rarely produce decisions that will change everything. Today will not stop the war. What is important is unity and determination, which will be shown,” tempered the Conservative’s Frenchman. MEP. group Arnaud Danjean, specialist in international and security issues.
Symbolic meetings, in short? “It is more than symbolic that there will be decisions. But the decisions made by this hemisphere will not necessarily have a short-term impact on what is happening in Ukraine or in Russia,” he clarifies.
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To Roza Thun, there is no question of waiting for the situation to settle down by pretending that nothing has happened. “This war is here. It will cost, it will also be painful for us. A war is not a game and we must be involved not to make it even worse. We must be prepared for the change in everyday life in Europe for at least one for a while, “she warns. First things to do: make Europe independent of Russia, especially from an energy point of view.
You need to be prepared for the change in everyday life in Europe for at least a while
Imposing an embargo on Russian oil and gas, in addition to the difficulties that this decision would cause for the West, would only provide a partial solution. “It represents only part of Russian exports. China, India, the Gulf countries, Turkey do not apply the sanctions,” warns Arnaud Danjean, who fears these countries will allow Russia to get out of its isolation.
A post-crisis dialogue with Vladimir Putin impossible?
When the war is over, how will the West go about building a healthy relationship with Russia again? “We will have to see what Russia we are talking about. If it is Putin’s Russia, it will be very complicated to re-establish some kind of peaceful dialogue. We have crossed extremely serious levels. I do not see how we can restore confidence. ., finding a basis for joint discussion with someone who justifies an invasion with shameless lies, twists the necks of reality to live in his fantasy of encirclement ”, analyzes Arnaud Danjean.
Restoring some form of peaceful dialogue will be very complicated. We have crossed serious thresholds. I do not see how to restore trust, find a common ground for discussion with someone who justifies an invasion with outright lies
And to illustrate: “When Putin started the war, there were almost no NATO troops at the Russian borders. How do you establish a dialogue with someone living in a different reality?
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But Russia “stays where it is geographically”, he himself agrees. “We will have to find ways to discuss, agree on. This is where we really go into an unknown zone”.
When Putin started the war, there were virtually no NATO troops at the Russian borders
Exploitation of European multiculturalism
Roza Thun, for her part, recalls that the former countries in the Eastern Bloc are the ones that know Russia best, and regrets that Poland in particular has lost its privileged role in recent years, which was supposed to create the connection between the West. and Russia. “We have always had this ambition to be a bit like Russia’s translators. It worked for a while, but we lost this role because our government has weakened Poland’s position in the EU sharply,” she laments.
But in his eyes, this is the way to go. “We need to take this perspective more seriously: the countries of the East are the ones that know their eastern neighbors best,” just as the Latin countries of Europe know Latin America well, Roza Thun argues. “There is a lot of expertise in Europe. The EU can really have the most interesting foreign policy in the world with all the knowledge we have.”
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