Is Europe Too Brainwashed To Normalize Relations With Russia?

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Judging from statements made by G-7 leaders at the recent meeting, President Trump’s application of US sanctions to Europe and disregard of European interests, just as Washington dismisses every country’s interests except Israel’s, has not caused Europeans to disassociate from Washington’s hostility to Russia.

The prime minister of England said that the G7 “agreed to stand ready to take further restrictive measures against Russia if necessary.” The American puppet in France, Macron, falsely accused Russia, the only country trying to enforce the Minsk agreement, of violating the Minsk agreement. The French president also falsely accused Russia of invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea, despite the fact that Russian forces have been present in Crimea for years under a 50-year lease that provides Crimea as a Russian naval base. As the French president surely knows, all Russia did was to accept an unanimous vote of Crimeans to return to Russia. Crimea had been a part of Russia for three centuries, longer than the existence of the US, before it was illegally transferred to Ukraine.

The G7 politicians accused Putin of “destabilizing behavior,” of “undermining democratic systems,” and of “supporting Syria.”

Europe remains subservient to Washington despite everything Trump has done to humiliate Washington’s European vassals.

Putin’s response to what he called “creative babbling” was that Europe should get to work with Russia working out their common interest.

There are common interests, and Putin sees them, but, as the G7 statements make clear, the G7 sees only a Russian enemy.

From the West’s standpoint Putin is a problem because of his insistence on Russian sovereignty. When the West accuses Russia of “destabilizing behavior,” the West is saying that it is Russia’s independence that is destabilizing Washington’s world order. Russia is regarded as a destabilizing entity, because Putin does not accept Washington’s hegemony. Putin cannot overcome this attitude toward Russia with concessions and reasonable behavior. It could be a mortal delusion for Russia to believe that soft words can turn away the wrath of spurned hegemony.

Putin accepts insults, provocations, deaths in Russian Ukraine, and Israeli attacks on Syria, a country he has spent resources liberating from Washington’s “rebels,” in order to demonstrate to Europeans that Russia is not a threat.

Judging from the G7 or G6 statements, the European politicians simply don’t care that it is Washington and not Russia that is the threat. Washington has handed Europe a Russian script, and Europe seems to be going by the script regardless of how Russia behaves and how Washington treats Europe. Previous hopes that European opposition to Trump’s effort to destroy the Iranian nuclear agreement would result in Europe’s assertion of independence are dashed by the unified hostility to Russia displayed at the recent G-7 meeting.

Putin’s strategy might not work for two reasons.

One is that Europe has not had an independent existence for 75 years. European countries do not know what it means to be a sovereign state. Without Washington European politicians feel lost, so they are likely to stick with Washington.

Putin’s other problem is his belief that Russia needs to be part of Europe. Americans reinforced this belief during the Yeltsin years. Russian economists and the Russian central bank actually believe that Russia cannot develop without Western participation. This makes Russia susceptible to destabilization by the Western financial empire. Foreign participation empowers Washington to manipulate the ruble and to drain the Russian economic surplus into debt service. To advance globalism, Washington works to discredit Russian politicians who favor a nationalist economic approach. Michael Hudson and I have described how, in effect, neoliberalized Russian economists are an American Fifth Column inside Russia.

Countries that open themselves to Western globalism lose control of their economic policy. The exchange values of their currencies and the prices of their bonds and commodities can be driven down by short-selling on futures markets. Remember, just one man—George Soros—was able to collapse the British pound. Today Washington can organize concerted action against currencies by coordinating attacks by the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and the Japanese central bank. Not even large countries such as China and Russia can withstand such an attack. It is remarkable that countries, such as Russia and China that wish to have independent policies rely on Western monetary and clearing mechanisms, thereby subjecting themselves to control by their enemies.

There is truth in the quote attributed to Mayer Amschel Rothschild: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws.” A professor at Oxford sent to me a copy of a letter he obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library written by President Roosevelt to Colonel House, dated November 21, 1933, in which Roosevelt writes:

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson - and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of W.W. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States - only on a far bigger and broader basis.”

Being a reasonable and humane person, Vladimir Putin is focused on avoiding conflict. It takes patience for Putin to ignore insulting threats from militarily insignificant countries such as the UK, and Putin has the virtue of patience.

Nevertheless, patience can work against peace as well as for it. Putin’s patience tells Europeans that there is no cost to continuing hostile accusations and actions against Russia, and it encourages neoconservatives to employ more aggressive provocations and actions.

Too much patience can result in Russia being backed into a corner.

The danger for Russia is that the desire to be part of the West results in concessions that encourage more provocations, and that the commitment to globalism undermines Russian economic sovereignty.

Russian hopes to unite with the West in a war against terrorism overlook that terrorism is the West’s weapon for destabilizing independent countries that do not accept a unipolar world.

Perhaps war would be less of a threat if Russia simply disengaged from the West and focused on integration with the East. Sooner or later Europe would come courting.


Bulgars ted41776 Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

"One is that Europe has not had an independent existence for 75 years. European countries do not know what it means to be a sovereign state. Without Washington European politicians feel lost, so they are likely to stick with Washington."

Couldnt stop laughing :)))) 

All the money, political and economic power of the world are located in Europe. Wealthy russians chinese americans indians and arabs run from their leaders and uncivilised societies and invest everything in Europe. All research development and innovation comes from Europe.. US is our barking dog to scare those who dont listen to Us! We use them to get in Syria, Northern Africa and anywhere else in the world we desire without having an united army on our own. 

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SoDamnMad NidStyles Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

Looks great on paper. In actuality, just look at the readiness of the German military.  Many MIC weapons never used but in training.  Combat experience; those who fought alongside us in Afghanistan are leaving or have left their service.   Language is a problem. Few speak the common language (Is that English?) If so, competency across NATO is lacking.   Russian electronic warfare is strong.  Communications will stop should they go to war. Your "on your own".

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NidStyles SoDamnMad Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:21 Permalink

The problem is that Russia wants that Unicorn, and it’s not that kind of Unicorn. They were sold a story without verifying the reality. It’s like Opie, always thinking one thing, but finding out that he’s wrong, because he simply didn’t ask what the story was. It’s just like that. He only had some information and some schlomo sold a story that wasn’t accurate or true. Not that kind of Unicorn folks. Not even sure where people come up with that BS. Thinking without asking.


Basically, what Russia believes and what NATO is actually capable of are two separate things. NATO is also the US, and the communication with NATO command can not be severed with aerial efforts. 


Russia knows better, the US would give it a serious beating if it decided to get out of line. Not talking about fisticuffs, I mean, drag you out of your house in the middle of the night, zipcuff you and haul the Russians intolerant asses into a dungeon for questioning. Don’t fuck with America. You will regret it. America is losing its tolerance for bullshit. We’re just trying to fix our shit, not everyone else’s right now.

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edotabin Victor von Doom Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

America has been turned into an empire. America is overextended. It may or may not collapse. If the collapse happens it may be partial or total. Who knows? What I do know is that I'd still rather have this than anything else. I do not prefer China, I would not want to live in Russia and the EU is a crazy house with serious cracks in its foundation.


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Posa NidStyles Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:21 Permalink

Putin seems to ignore NATO too... even though NATO has Russia surrounded by land and sea in the West, with troops mobilized at point blank range, in addition to economic warfare and a nuclear first strike capacity nearby as well. Is Putin holding out for the EU to fall apart and friendly populist parties to take over?

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rwe2late Bulgars Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:38 Permalink

 The loose generalities pitting "USA" vs. the "EU" mislead more than explain.


The "Bilderbergs" are not strictly based in either Europe or North America.

They direct organizations with a global reach, like the IMF, BIS, ECB,  BOE, Fed Reserve, and Goldman Sachs.

Their economic interests span continents, though it may be based nationally.

Their direct political power is nation-based, but is also exercised through the various global organizations like the UN and through treaties and agreements like NAFTA and WTO.


The billionaires and CEOs of global corporations have a confluence of interests.

They share the goal of having global military and economic domination.

Global policies are reached by consensus.

Economic "SWIFT" sanctions could not work globally without cooperation

from the oligarchs,

the organizations they control (like TOTAL SA), and the politicians they sponsor.


The apparent current policy consensus is to gain domination by:

Weakening both Russia and China with "sanctions"

Use Russophobic jingoism to gain public support in the USA and Europe

And "justify" NATO expansion


and specifically to target Syria and Iran:

To block the Chinese one-belt-road

Promote the Saudi petrodollar alliance.

Satisfy Zionist expansionists

Eliminate Russian allies



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To Hell In A H… Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:06 Permalink

Yes. But the question is brainwashed by whom? And it's not come from grassroots public sentiment. The general public does not care, nor do they buy into the "Russia is out to get us and invade us" narrative. The anti-Russian narrative is pushed on us by our political and the MSM talking heads.

zvzzt To Hell In A H… Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:25 Permalink

Indeed, Europe isn't brainwashed (root-level), they are being bullied by US. Russia know this and play the waiting game; get their own house in order (still much to be done) and let the bully's rhetoric work against himself. 

Having said that, it is of course in the interest of the US to keep Europe away from Russia/China, so all is very understandable and economically (probably?) justifiable. The means used to create the rift between EU-RUS are very unfortunate and unnecessary though.

Time for the US to turn that bully attitude into the Beacon of Light it once was (edit: as in, 100+ years ago). Don't wait too long; memory has a finite life span (which again works in the favour of Russia). 

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Victor von Doom No1uNo Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:04 Permalink

Laws are not power. Only power is power. If the Europeans wanted the US out they could build up their military's and turf them out on their ass and there would not be a damn thing the US could do about it.

Contrary to popular belief, treaties are not binding. They are only pieces of paper after all, signed or otherwise.

If a country has the will and the means to dis those other signatories of a given treaty, then guess what? They can do just that.


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Ordinary average guy Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:25 Permalink

no. Don't even try to bring discord in Am-Eu relations. - Anyway those idiots in your Am and Eu MSM and from Gov will continue repeating that Russians did it. - Don't even try to steal this tag of Evil of All the Things from Ru! - Because: - Russians did it! - Repeat it 20 times a day for youself, comrade!

BritBob Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:27 Permalink

Putin's an old relic of the Cold War and is still fighting it.

Presidents (Macri (Argentina) & Putin signed a 30-point collaboration agreement in different areas, including the need to resume the negotiations with the United Kingdom for the Malvinas Islands. (La Voz, 23 Jan 2018).

How would a map of the world look today if all of the territory lost and gained over the past 180 years reverted to its 19th century status? Quite a ridiculous proposal.

Falklands – Acquisitive Prescription(1 pg):

Normalize relations with Russia?

WTFUD BritBob Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:08 Permalink

Jealousy is your problem Bob!

Russia has little debt & a boatload of Resources while the EU/US have little Resources & a boatload of DEBT.

Russia doesn't have a problem, whereas, i submit, the bankrupt West do, a bigly problem in funding the Interest on hundreds of $trillions of DEBT. Using extreme logic here Bob. You there Bob?

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