More EU verbal flatulence aimed at Russia

You may be familiar with the saying ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’. The thinking behind it was that where possible nations should use diplomacy to resolve a dispute and do not rush to confrontation. But by way of a last resort nations should have the ability and willingness to use force if those diplomatic and peaceful methods fail.

When it comes to the EU that old adage has been transformed into ‘Utter meaningless words and carry a big carrot’. Far from a stick and carrot approach to dealing with worrying developments, the craven EU employs a unique ‘carrot and bigger carrot’ approach.

This was evident after the Russian invasion of Georgia. French President Nicolas Sarkozy packaged up and delivered to Russia an EU peace plan to bring an end to the short, one-sided conflict with Georgia.  A quick scan showed the EU plan had more holes than a sieve and favoured Russia disproportionately.  Russia duly flouted the terms brazenly and the EU offered nothing more than a few limp words of disappointment. Within a few months and with Russian troops still on Georgian soil, the EU completed its ‘tough approach’ to Russia in typically hypocritical and unprincipled manner by opening up trade talks with Moscow.

Now the EU is at it again, this time uttering meaningless words and reaching for the carrot sack on the subject of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. As European Voice reported on Monday:

The European Union’s leaders have issued statements warning the Russian authorities about the treatment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has been convicted for a second time.

A court in Moscow announced on 27 December that Khodorkovsky, the former head of the Yukos oil company and sometime political opponent of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, had been convicted of embezzlement and money-laundering on top of his existing conviction from a trial in 2005. He has been in prison since the 2005 conviction and a further term of imprisonment is now expected.

Apparently the EU has said that the severity of punishment meted out to Mikhail Khodorkovsky could impact bilateral relations after Moscow courts found the oil tycoon guilty of embezzlement. Oh please. If the EU is capable of turning its collective back on Georgia and appeasing Russia in the self centred way it did in 2008, can we really be expected to believe it will do a damned thing to defend the interests of Khodorkovsky? Why do they bother with this theatre? It is gesture politics and Moscow knows as well as we that the EU will run away at the first hint of any back straightening in the Kremlin.

The EU is only capable of subverting democracy and eroding the rights of people living in its member states. The bureaucracy that thinks it’s a country is nothing but a paper tiger when it involves itself in matters on the world stage. Any entity that consists of more than a few north African tribesmen is just too strong to tackle.

History is repeating itself and Moscow will laugh off the Brussels bleating as the vacuous posturing it is. It would be no surprise if we see a repeat of a major EU power, such as France, announcing a major deal with Russia within a few short months.  The only question is, what does Russia want that the EU will fall over itself to hand over? In the meantime Brussels should do us all a favour and give up the histrionics.

6 Responses to “More EU verbal flatulence aimed at Russia”


  1. 1 Robert 29/12/2010 at 2:13 pm

    ”The only question is, what does Russia want that the EU will fall over itself to hand over?”

    A market for gas and oil at high prices as the EU thinks it needs security of supply. This is changing and Russia will shortly have to come to the negotiating table.

  2. 2 Dave H 29/12/2010 at 2:19 pm

    Perhaps the EU needs to stop buying Russian gas. Except there’s nowhere else they can easily get it, so that one’s out the window as well.

  3. 3 AJC 29/12/2010 at 2:38 pm

    AM agree with what you say. However, I see little difference between the actions of the robber baron oligarchs and Putin.

    As to the EU bureaucracy and their [ossible involvement with Russia (and the oligarchs): I wonder if any of them have, or have been promised, a share in potential goldmines like the Monaco of the Adriatic?

  4. 4 Barry 29/12/2010 at 3:09 pm

    I get the feeling that our betters in Brussels go relatively easy on Russia not just for energy and trade reasons but because some would like to welcome Russia into the EU.

    Russia doesn’t seem all that interested and I wouldn’t blame them. So long as European officials harbour that desire it is in Russia’s interests to take advantage of it.

  5. 5 Johnny Rottenborough 29/12/2010 at 3:14 pm

    What does Russia have that the EU will fall over itself to get? What does the Middle East have that the West will Islamize itself to get?

  6. 6 Rich 29/12/2010 at 5:39 pm

    Fuck’m. Vile pieces of feaces.


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