taxizen wrote:He is telling you what you want to hear.
Not at all! Firstly, he is talking to a Latin American audience and is consistent with how Putin described the Russian view before the UN general assembly.
Secondly, this is what we made the Russians believe in the framework of detente and rapprochement so they would agree to dismantle the SU without a fight and let Germany/Europe reunite. We told them they could become part of our world, and Yeltsin bent over backwards to do everything we told him to do, i.e., sell out Russian national assets to the capitalists. The only problem was that the West did not keep word. The Russians got fucked over the head once again. Russians are much more like the Germans in that they value trust and loyalty. Which is of course impossible for you to understand.
It is very much in Russian strategic interests to split the EU from the US/UK and drop it's guard against Russia,
It is always a bad idea to project your own intentions onto others. The Russians offered reunification in 1952 as a neutral country. And when reunification did happen it was solely due to the Russians and contrary to the will of our so-called Western allies. Don't believe for one moment that Germans are going to forget that. And the price you exacted for reunification was effectively to sign away national sovereignty and chain Germany to the West with the euro.
It is the US/UK that has divided Germany/Europe for 40 years and now wants to divide Europe again, just a little further East.
For Russian strategists you are the "Great Prize" because you have fabulous productive capacity (wealth)
Surprisingly, the colonial powers still have greater wealth than the industrial engine of Europe because of their ill-gotten gains.
There is no precedent for Russia attacking Western Europe. The attacks have always come from the West. Swedes, Latvians, Poles, French, Germans, Brits, they all have attacked Russia.
Communism is a stupid expansionist cult and it is gone but the Russians were an expansionist power ...
Says the most expansionist empire known to the mankind. How is it you manage that degree of self-deception in your Anglophone bubble? When you fought the Russians in Sevastopol, did you think is was Bristol you were defending?
Germany finally has it's mitteleuropa ...
LoL, this is rich, the empire is getting so desperate that it lets Germany have a piece of the action? You must really be at the end of your tether. But no thank you, it's a poisoned gift. Germany isn't replaying the power games of the 19th century.
Not only that but because you are in the NATO block the US/UK are happy to let you have it
LoL even harder! You let us have it so we fight your dirty wars, as canon fodder or primary target for the first nuclear strike? Now, that indeed is reassuring.
The UK's presence or absence in the EU does not matter so much, what matters is whether you (Germany) stay in NATO or end up in a new Warsaw Pact with the Russians.
You lost the plot completely; there will be no Warsaw pact. Nato should have disbanded 25 years ago to make way for a Eurpean architecture of peace comprising Russia. Right now, Germany has to stay in Nato to be able to use its veto for blocking further East expansion.
Russia and we basically have the same vision of peaceful coexistence. The Anglo-Saxons are the odd man out, they can only live by military conquest. All your thinking is about how you can to the other guy in.