Donald Trump suggested returning Russia to the G8, that is, to resume the G8 format itself. This was additional evidence of the isolation not at all of Russia, but the US - because the rest of the leading Western countries went against the aspirations of the American president. But the main thing in the other. Russia no longer needs this club of great powers. Why?
Before leaving for the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada, the US president blew up a political bomb.
"It wasG8, because there was Russia. And now Russia is not there. I love our country, I was Russia's worst nightmare. Whether you like it or not - and it's maybe politically incorrect to say - but we need to rule the world. And there isG7, which was beforeG8, expelled Russia, it must return to Russia, because Russia needs us at the negotiating table. Russia should be at this meeting. Why do we hold a meeting without Russia participating in it? I would recommend, solve them, but Russia should be at the meeting, be a participant. "
Statement Trump immediately supported the new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte:
"I agree with President Donald Trump. Russia should return toG8. It is in the interests of everyone. "
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke on the topic of Russia's participation in the Group of Eight recently - saying that she sees no opportunity in the foreseeable future to restore the G8 format with Russia's participation:
"The annexation of the Crimea was a clear violation of international law, so the exclusion of Russia from the G8 was the right decision. I am for negotiations with Russia, but in view of our disagreements ".
The theme of the return to interaction with Russia in the G8 format emerges in European politics regularly - the same Merkel actually responded to the appeals of many German politicians, and that of the ruling parties, that of the opposition, to do so. Nor was the position of the new Italian government in favor of ending the war of sanctions and resuming normal relations between Europe and Russia.
But Trump's statement was a surprise. The US president, because of the campaign against him in the United States on charges of "Russian ties", is forced to act extremely cautiously in the Russian direction. Trump for one and a half years of the presidency could not even afford to organize a separate summit with Putin - and suddenly such a radical proposal for the West as the resumption of the G8. What is the reason?
Quite simply, on the eve of the G7 summit in Canada, the relationship between the US and its allies has been exacerbated. A number of Trump's steps - from the breakdown of the Iranian deal to the threat of a trade war with the European Union - drove the Europeans into a corner, forcing them to defend themselves. On the eve of the summit, the French president openly threatened the US with isolation:
"The US president may not be against isolation - and we are also not against signing the agreement of the six countries. Six countriesG7 without the United States together represent a larger market than the US. World hegemony will not be, if we know how to organize. And we do not want it to be. "
In response, Trump decided simply not to participate in the signing of the final communiqué - he will leave the meeting on Saturday afternoon, even before the end of all events. But this seemed to him little - and Trump decided to play against the Europeans "Russian card".
The proposal to return to the "Big Eight" with the participation of Russia Trump breaks the whole scheme of confrontation within the West. After all, the policy of isolating Russia, including refusal to work with it in the G8 format, was precisely the American initiative - Europe joined it mainly under American pressure. In 2014, the next G8 summit was to be held in Russia - and after the Crimea, Western leaders refused to hold it. Resuming summits G7.
And although Trump is not Obama, his administration was forced to continue the same line towards Russia - under pressure from both the US Congress and the American Atlantic elites, and the pro-Atlantic part of the European political class.
Trump personally turned out to be no worse for Putin than the global elite. Atlantis rightly suspected Trump in the desire to weaken both the European Union and Atlantic solidarity. But since it is impossible to imagine any replacement of the US as a center for assembling the Western world, they were forced to put up with the wrong American president, hoping to bring everything back to normal after Trump left the White House.
And now Trump says - and where is Russia? Why did you kick her out? Let's return her to the club and solve problems together. That is, it invites the EU, Britain, Canada and Japan to deal not only with him, but with Putin, whom the Atlantic strategists call the main threat to the world order. You do not like me, as Trump asks Europeans - so let's add Putin and we'll see how you sing in such a company. In fact, Trump suggests that the globalists compose a new configuration of the club of great powers - Europe as the new core of the West, the US and Russia. Plus Japan - and standing aside China and India, with whom all will build relations independently.
As a result, European countries collectively went against Trump -opposingthe return of Russia to G8. But even this is not the main thing. Even if they agreed with the proposal of the US president, there is one, but absolutely insurmountable obstacle for Russia's return to the G8. This is the position of Russia itself. We will never return to this format of relations with the West.
Not because we are offended by the fact that we were kicked out - but because it is absolutely not necessary and not profitable for us.
Conflict with the West in 2014 year was brewing for many years - already in 2013, everything went under the slope, formally because of Snowden and Ukraine. But the main reason was the failure of the West's attempts to enter Russia into its club as a junior partner. First, they tried to do this at 90, hoping for a pro-Western Russian elite ready to fit the country into the "golden billion" almost on any terms, and then to zero, hoping for Putin's mythical desire to become a member of the club on more honorable grounds. But the fact is that Russia could never become part of the West - both based on our national interests, and based on the geopolitical representations of the atlantists. The maximum they were willing to give us was not even our minimum - the interests and goals of the Atlantic and Russian projects are too different and incompatible.
So the collapse of the G-8 in 2014 was more than natural - and profitable for Russia. Our turn to the East and the South has intensified - but there is no attempt to simply replace one another, the Atlantic project with the Pacific one, to become a junior partner not of the US, but of China - it has a movement towards an entirely different model of the world order. Russia is building a new world order together with those who are ready to do it. First of all, of course, with China, because our ideas about the future world order as a whole coincide.
It is more than symbolic that Trump's proposal, like the summit of the Group of Seven, coincided with another summit - the SCO summit opening tomorrow in Qingdao. Russia does not need any Atlantic "eight" - because it already participates in the G8. China, India and Russia with the Central Asian countries that joined them, unlike the countries gathering in Quebec, do not consider themselves "masters of the world" - but they will write the history of the 21st century.
So we do not need to be called to join someone else's club with unfavorable rules for us - we ourselves determine our place in the world.