Prime Minister of Great Britain Theresa May, as she promised earlier, made accusations against Moscow at the summit of the "Eastern Partnership". The tone was unprecedentedly tough: in calling on Russia's closest allies, including Minsk and Yerevan, Russia is called a "hostile state." How to understand such impudence?
"We must carefully consider the actions of hostile states such as Russia that threaten the potential growth of our eastern neighbors and try to weaken our collective strength," May said at the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels.
Moreover, according to her, to counter Moscow follows "both in the sphere of security and in the sphere of development."
As it is combined with Mae's stated intention to switch to productive relations with the Russian Federation a week ago, it is difficult to say. Let us note that Russian officials have never called either the European Union in general, or Britain in particular, as "hostile states." Even in spite of their obviously hostile actions towards our country.
However, in this case, what is important is not what the British prime minister said, but what she addressed to. The so-called "Eastern Partnership" is a project of the European Union, within the framework of which the EU, with varying success, is engaged in integration processes in the former Soviet republics - Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Belarus.
The EU officials repeatedly assured that the "Eastern Partnership" is not directed against Russia. At the same time, it should be specially emphasized that Armenia and Belarus are members of the military alliance of the CSTO, the economic UNEG and several other integration associations with the participation of Russia. In addition, all the EaP participants, except for Georgia, are members of the CIS (Ukraine does not participate in the work of the Commonwealth, but formally did not leave it). And with Belarus we have a single Union State.
It turns out that official Britain is trying to impose on the closest allies of Moscow the opinion that Russia is a hostile state for them.
At the domestic level, this behavior is called rudeness. On the state - political pressure.
If you look at excerpts from May's speech in detail, it turns out that she is trying to convince Minsk that Russia is threatening the technological sector of Belarus and Ukraine's agriculture. And if in Kiev, according to the West-wide trend, it is believed that Moscow is to blame for all the problems that arise in the world, in Belarus they mean that their industry exists largely thanks to orders from Russia.
It should also be recalled that any, even cautious, opinion of any of the Russian representatives that EU membership does not always benefit individual EU countries is generally perceived as an attempt to "destroy the union of European countries". But in openly hostile and inciting anti-Russian sentiments, May's statements by the European officials do not see anything strange.
Meanwhile, it is extremely strange that such loud and serious statements on behalf of the united Europe are made by the leader of the country, which has already "collected things" and is going to the exit from the European Union. That is, it is a "lame duck" that does not represent anyone but itself.
"Ms. May for some reason believes that the more active she will attack Russia, the more will be recognized by her people. I think she really wants to follow in the wake of the foreign policy of the Americans. As a loyal and constant ally of Washington, she is trying to use the same card that many American politicians now resort to. I think this is a hopeless path. With this approach, it will not earn much political dividends, "believes the first deputy head of the Federation Council's international committee, Vladimir Jabarov.
He also noted that such statements may May adversely affect the results of the planned visit to Moscow by British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. "She in advance in her own words predicts the failure of this event. I think this is her mistake, "Jabarov stressed.
Significantly, before the beginning of the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the success of the "Eastern Partnership" project depends on the EU's relations with Russia. "Relations with Russia play a major role. I hope that the discussions will be successful, "she suggested.
Judging by the statements of her British counterpart, the success of the "Eastern Partnership" in the foreseeable future is not threatened.
It does not threaten the members of the EaP and accession to the European Union, which Kiev is especially persistently trying to achieve. In the final statement of the summit, the corresponding proposals to the "partners" of the EU are simply absent.