The American president was surprised at how Russia understands its benefits from a strong NATO, united Europe and transatlantic co-operation of the European Union and the United States. In fact, these strange Russian - do not want to play the game imposed on them. As, unfortunately Obama, its rules are less satisfied and Europeans.
Obama concluded his European tour, during which he visited the two key countries of the Old World - the UK and Germany. In Hanover, he met with the leaders of four European countries - France and Italy were added, which was an important topic and the West's relations with Russia.
This trip was seen by many in Europe as the farewell visit of Obama. Even if before the end of his term, he has visited the continent, it is already possible to sum up the relationship between the two shores of the Atlantic in the first black US president. And were inevitable comparisons with his first visit to Europe - in 2008-m, before the election victory. Then he was enthusiastically received, as a young senator has caused many Europeans hope for a change in US policy - that later reflected in the presentation of it in advance of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Now we can say that Obama has not lived up to European expectations - "was a messiah, but was a disappointment", "a man solemn words, behind which should not be done." This is a characteristic of the article in "Der Spiegel", which is called "Barack Obama - the last president of the West":
"American society is socially and politically fragmented remains. Social inequality has become grotesque features. The political system in the hands of capital and its lobbyists. Political map of blurred political blindness, where hatred reigns. Public opinion has a perverse mixture of irresponsibility, greed and religious fanaticism. New Messiah is now named Donald Trump.
By European standards, this all seems alien: a different political culture. Not ours. We are more and more watched America look that resembles the one that we threw on Russia, China, India, with the feeling that we are different. Barack Obama was the last president of the West. Those who follow him will be only the heads of the United States government. And America itself has become a foreign country. "
This is not yet the liberation of Europe from Atlantic guardianship - but this is a serious claim to insight. Under Obama, the States became less aggressive - at least in the background of Bush, but it was with Obama that Europeans got a clear confirmation of how the US uses them to their advantage and strictly controls all their actions. The author of the article in Spiegel cites as an example the events of the summer of 2013, when the governments of several European countries closed their airspace for the plane of the Bolivian president, because the US suspected that Edward Snowden was on board. Exactly, Snowden's exposures showed how much the Anglo-Saxons do not trust even those who in words are called their closest allies - the same Germany. Incidentally, it was with the granting of asylum to Snowden that Russia began the confrontation between Moscow and Washington (in spite of the fact that Putin was still able to withdraw the American blow from Syria) - Ukraine was only its continuation. And the struggle for Ukraine between Russia and the United States most graphically revealed the subordinate, non-independent role of Europe. Not only did the United States use the carrot of European integration for the separation of Ukraine from the Russian world, but then they forced Europeans to pay for their conflict with Russia.
After the Crimea, Russia began to sculpt the image of the enemy of Europe - and it was clear why the Atlantists needed it. So it was easier to strengthen the Atlantic unity - and it really needs it. Especially when the issue on the agenda is the creation of the Transatlantic partnership - "economic NATO". It was he who was agitated by Obama in Hanover and the European leaders, and the European nations, which was the main goal of his European trip. Because, despite the importance of the topic of the upcoming referendum on the withdrawal of Britain from the EU, there is no real threat of Brexit (albeit with a slight advantage, but supporters of Britain's accession to the EU will win in the June referendum). But with the Transatlantic trade and investment partnership, everything stalled - and Obama really wanted to end the negotiations that have been going on for three years before leaving the White House. The confrontation with Russia plays both the role of the carrot and the carrot in relation to the talks about "economic NATO". Not advertised, but also so understandable - Europeans, we will unite our efforts and markets, especially when you are again threatened by the Russian bear. America will help you - you yourself are not able to protect yourself from the eastern barbarians.
In public statements, Obama, of course, say differently. Thus, in an interview with CBS television on the eve of the meeting the "Big Five" in Hanover, he was only mildly reproached Europe in that it "applies to their own safety too relaxed." Obama did not elaborate on the details, but that's obvious, "where the threat to peace." In this interview, Obama came to the subject of Russia, and on the other hand. Speaking about the problems of the EU, he said, the crisis of refugees, and singled out here what aspect of it:
"But what is more important from a strategic point of view, it is the tension created in European politics: the way the course is given the ultra-nationalism, promoted the disintegration of European unity, which in some cases take advantage of a person like Mr. Putin."
That is, Europeans are unhappy with the influx of migrants, which leads to an increase in the popularity of right-wing Euro-skeptic nationalists, and, consequently, to a weakening of European unity, which Russia enjoys. This is not a new accusation - moreover, it is one of the most popular theses of pro-Atlantic propaganda. In its perfected form, it reads: "Putin launched a military operation in Syria to increase the flow of refugees to Europe, thereby undermining the positions of the ruling parties that advocate the preservation of sanctions against Russia, as well as weaken Atlantic solidarity as such." Obama does not say that - but he blames Putin for using European problems in his own interests.
Moreover, Obama even went on to explain that this is the wrong interests. Responding to a question about whether Putin wants to split Europe, the US president said:
"In general, Putin regards NATO, the EU, transatlantic unity as a threat to Russian power. I think this is mistaken. I told him that in fact a strong, united Europe working with a strong, open Russia to the outside world - that's the right direction. But so far it has not managed to fully convince. "
Here Obama is quite natural for the Anglo-Saxon way mixes Europe and NATO - and it is clear why. For the US and Atlanticist no separate, independent Europe. In fact, that's why Obama and working on the conclusion of the transatlantic partnership - to reinforce the geopolitical and military subjugation of Europe States also their economic "cooperation" on terms favorable to transnational capital, whose tool is now the United States.
This "neighbor" Russia does not need it, though, because this monster is too huge for building equal relations with them. And, of course, Putin is playing to ensure that slow down the process of integration of the West. Nothing personal - pure geopolitics. Atlantists press on Eurasia, seeking to prevent the formation of an alliance Russia and China, we support the process of the emancipation of Europe from the Anglo-Saxon dominance.
At the same time Russia is seeking to use objective processes taking place in the Old World. In the first place the growth of discontent policy faceless globalization, which in Europe is called European integration. The refugees, multiculturalism, the erosion of national sovereignty and traditions - the Europeans have plenty of grievances ruling elites. Russia does not need to do anything special to eurosceptics and nationalists gained popularity in Europe - all you need to do this yourself atlantists.
Who started the war in the Middle East, caused by the flow of refugees to Europe? Who crossed the European integration, ignoring the dissenting opinion? Who is pushing is the next in Europe, Transatlantic, the level of globalization? Who is splitting Europe in every way with Russia? But all these things individually and collectively cause irritation like ordinary Europeans, and in elitist - no one likes to be forced to do what he wants.
The whole "blame" Russia before atlantists that she is really interested in the return of independent, independent Europe. United - if the Germans will be able to combine it by itself or in concert with others - or not, is not so important for Russia. We, based on our historical experience, it is important that this Europe does not become a puppet in the hands of the forces competing for global supremacy. But the Anglo-Saxon strategists do not particularly hide his plans and union one and all under your strict guidance.
We offer Europe Eurasian direction of its future - and in the Old World, there are many supporters of this way. The US and Britain are talking about the unity of the Atlantic - and there are many adherents of this trend in Europe. The trouble is that Europe is still occupied by the Anglo-Saxons banal, as in military intelligence, as well as in financial, personnel and ideological sense.
Free choice in this situation simply can not be, but the processes taking place in the depths of Europe, allows us to be optimistic about the chances of the Europeans in the medium term become independent. It is, after all, a question of self-preservation - and we will deal its future. We are the Far East still have to equip - and so that over time we can talk about Europe, located on the borders of our Far West.