Baltic states dream of taking revenge on Russia — RT EN

The CBSS is turning into an instrument that the West plans to use against Russia. The Baltic states are making themselves objects for the US in its fight against Russia, which won’t do them any good, says Russian TV presenter Anna Shafran.

A commentary by Anna Shafran

Russia withdraws from the Council of Baltic Sea States. In a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry called it:

“The NATO and EU states in the Baltic Sea Council have abandoned the equal dialogue and principles on which this regional structure in the Baltic Sea is based, consistently turning it into an instrument of anti-Russian politics.”

The West behaves everywhere with the same audacity. And in this case, as well as in the situation with membership in the Council of Europe, this did not happen without theft, which is separately noted in the statement of the Russian foreign ministry:

“Western countries – let’s call it a spade – have monopolized the council for their opportunistic purposes and plan to establish its work at the expense of Russian interests. Supra-regional problems are being projected onto the Baltic Sea. Pressure is being put on those who participate in a comprehensive cooperation All the work of the past years and stability in the region will be jeopardized A ministerial meeting of the Council without Russian participation is planned for May 25, 2022 in Kristiansand (Norway) Our contribution to the budget of the CBSS has been de facto stolen – citing sanctions, they will not return it.”

It is therefore not surprising that Moscow refuses to work in such a format:

“Under these conditions, there is no prospect of restoring normal work in the Council, which is becoming more and more entangled in Russophobia and lies. We consider our country’s continued presence in the CBSS Council to be inappropriate and counterproductive. Russia will not participate in the transformation of the organization in yet another platform for subversion and western narcissism.”

I suppose the main question in this case is not why we are now quitting this “council of the nefarious” but why we have been in until now, paid our dues and so on. But that doesn’t matter, because in this case the past cannot be changed. But we need to urgently, immediately, right now, reconsider our participation in all these councils, assemblies and other Western-created supranational bodies that we have joined for some reason.

In fact, it’s clear why we joined: in the 1990s and early 2000s, many had the illusion that the West was ready for equal cooperation and mutually beneficial relationships. But the more time passed, the fewer illusions there were. The response to Vladimir Putin’s Munich speech, in which our President expressed Russia’s concerns about the world security situation, was an attack on Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. 08/08/08 – our enemies have always had beautiful symbolic ones data liked.

Only today it seems that our victory was inevitable. At the time, the assassin President Saakashvili and those who backed him were certain that Russia would quietly condone his actions. Their subsequent hysteria is explained by the fact that they could not imagine that we would retaliate. And in a way that has it all. The fact that Georgia is acting pragmatically today is largely a consequence of the 2008 peace-enforcing operation.

The Baltic Sea is a strategically important region for Russia. Saint Petersburg, our cultural capital and the country’s second largest city, sits on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Not only the sea connection with the Kaliningrad region runs through the Baltic Sea, but also the air route, after the Baltic States have closed their airspace to us.

But the more Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania clamor for more and more NATO contingents, the more neutral Sweden and Finland approach the alliance, the less reason and arguments Russia has for direct communication with them.

We have learned well from the example of Ukraine how pointless it is to talk to servants of the West. We should talk to the real powers that be. When the Baltic ministers proudly say that the Baltic Sea is a “NATO sea,” they are relinquishing their own sovereignty. This means that we are no longer interested in their opinion at all. We’ll talk to Washington. And since Washington only understands the language of violence, the risks for the Baltic states in such a situation increase many times over. Because in the event of a conflict, the first blow will be aimed precisely at their territory. Whether the US wants to risk its own well-being in this difficult situation is a very important question.

Russia is an important subject of world politics, but the Baltic States are objects that are on the side of the enemy. The fate of objects in international conflicts is very sad and unenviable: they are used, exchanged and sacrificed. Well, it’s not our fault that Finland remembers its own history so poorly, that Sweden is tired of two centuries of peaceful life and seeks adventure, and that the Baltic republics have long since replaced common sense with Russophobia. For all states on the Baltic Sea, conflicts with Russia ended in defeat at best, and in the worst case with loss of independence. They can dream of a rematch all they want – it won’t work.

Translated from the Russian.

Anna Shafran is a Russian television and radio presenter.

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