By Guilherme Wilbert – June 28, 2022
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on June 24 that the European Union and NATO appear to be building a military coalition for a war against Russia. The statement was given in Baku in Azerbaijan during an interview.
“They are creating a new coalition for fighting, that is, for war with Russia. We will follow this very closely,” the minister rightly declared, because that is what has been happening anyway. But first let’s go to the archetypes of the entities mentioned.
The European Union, in its initial design, may have come up with good proposals for the integration of Europeans, with some Balkan countries, for example, applying to be part of the economic and diplomatic bloc, but it so happens that few people pay attention to history, especially history during World War II.
Hitler wanted a union of the European countries, what he called a “Pan-European Union,” a form of closer integration between countries that would naturally be against the Soviet Union and communism in general. No wonder Hitler set up puppet governments in some European countries such as Denmark, for example, which was under the tutelage of Nazi Germany during the period August 1943 until May 1945, after the success of Operation Weserübung.
As for NATO for example, it is seen as a super aggressive military alliance that causes barbarism in various parts of the world, especially in the former Yugoslavia, which had its territory balkanized after an intervention in the country in 1999, where war crimes were committed as those bombs would hit civilian buildings, such as the famous bombing of Serbian TV, which was not a legitimate military target, but turned out to be a Yugoslav “propaganda broadcast” (obviously) at the time.
So it didn’t take much effort on the part of some “non-aligned diplomats” (which is the case of Lavrov) to understand that the European Union and NATO act together to stand up to the former Soviet Union, now Russia. NATO even characterized the country as an “enemy” several times, emphasized by Vladimir Putin in his speeches.
It’s not as if they left options for today’s Russia, unfortunately
After NATO’s expansions into Eastern European countries, even after a verbal agreement made between Soviet and American diplomats at the time that they would not move “an inch east” in the early 2000s, the opposite was seen and this was stated several times before the start of Operation Z, and was characterized in various ways by Kremlin spokespersons that Ukraine’s entry into NATO was a criminal act. And it was.
And like any criminal act, the police power, even if governed by a country’s Armed Forces, needed to come into effect because after the NATO vs. Russia diplomatic rounds no documentary agreement properly bound by international law was reached. And to make matters worse, Zelensky would state on February 19, in a speech at the European Security Conference in Munich (just five days before the start of Operation Z), that he would no longer ratify the Budapest Memorandum, which is a treaty that denuclearizes Ukraine since 1994.
This would sound an alarm throughout Russia because its door to Europe would be lined with nuclear missiles possibly aimed at Moscow, with orders coming from Washington for provocation after the fall of Putin’s allied government of Yanukovych.
With that said, Lavrov’s comparison of Hitler’s Axis with the current European Union and NATO is once again correct, because the current prejudice against Russians was seen against Jews in Nazi Germany, the attempt at various provocations such as the recent case of the Lithuanian blockade of Kaliningrad (Russian exclave) was seen when Hitler spoke of “vital space” putting countries neighboring Germany on invasion alert, and many more are the parallels.
This is a lost war and Ukraine needs to recognize this, or else hardly a resident of Kiev will be able to enjoy the good beaches of the Black Sea.
Guilherme Wilbert is a Brazilian Law graduate interested in geopolitics and international law.