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“Five principles of communication with Russia”
Colonel Cassad, May 16 2021

You can estimate the perspectives of “Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok” with such applications. Of course, relations between the Russian Federation will continue and happily degrade further. At the same time, relations with European frondeurs will develop bypassing all-European structures, which now lie tightly under the US and follow in the wake of the Washington course.

The European Parliament formulated five principles for dealing with Russia
RIA Novosti, May 15 2021

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament presented a draft report which sets out the basic principles of building relations with Russia. RT.com got acquainted with the document. Thus, the principle of “support for democracy” presupposes, in particular, opposition to “Russian-language propaganda.” For this, the EU is proposed to create a TV channel with round-the-clock broadcasting. In addition, the EU leadership is advised to consider the option of not recognizing the legitimacy of the new composition of the State Duma if the September elections are recognized as rigged. At the same time, the authors of the report emphasize, Russia should be educated about the benefits it can get if it embarks on a democratic transition. These include visa facilitation, free trade investment programs and strategic partnerships. And to further stimulate the desire of Russians for democratic transformations, it is proposed to adopt for Russia the development strategy “Eastern Partnership,” which Brussels once launched to strengthen cooperation with the countries of the former USSR. To “protect democracy around the world,” according to the authors of the document, the EU should unite with the US and develop common measures in terms of sanctions, financial assistance, and support for activists. The principle of “democracy first” presupposes that in any dialogue with Moscow, first of all, the issue of observance of human rights and the holding of free elections must be taken into account. At the same time, the authors of the document recommend starting with the suspension of Nord Stream 2. A separate item is devoted to “containing Russian aggression.” Here the EU, together with NATO and international partners, is invited to continue pressure on Moscow in order to force it to stop “interfering” in the affairs of the Eastern Partnership region and return “the occupied territories of the eastern neighboring states of the EU.” If Moscow continues “aggressive actions,” then, the authors of the document advise, the EU will have to consider disconnecting it from the SWIFT payment system. In addition, the EU leadership is invited to draw up a plan to reduce dependence on Russian gas and oil supplies, at least as long as the current leadership is in the Kremlin.

“Democratic” principles: the European Parliament made recommendations on relations with Russia
Yulia Gureeva, Polina Poletaeva, RT (Russian), May 15 2021

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament has formulated five principles according to which the EU is recommended to build relations with Russia. The document of the agency, which RT has read, proposes to support the Russian “pro-democratic society” and oppose Moscow’s “interference” in EU affairs. According to political scientists, this approach testifies to the intentions of some government representatives in the EU to continue anti-Russian policy. The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament published a draft report with recommendations to the EU leadership on building relations with Russia. The document contains five principles on the basis of which, in the opinion of the committee, the EU should interact with Moscow. Thus, the Ministry proposed to combat “Russian interference” in EU affairs, counteract a security threat, impose sanctions, financial control and organize international investigations. In addition, Brussels was recommended to support a “pro-democracy society” in Russia and use the success of the Eastern Partnership program as a source of inspiration for Russians. As the report implies, the principle of “support for democracy” implies opposition to “Russian-speaking propaganda.” For this purpose, in particular, the EU is recommended to promote the creation of a TV channel with round-the-clock broadcasting. In addition, the committee believes that Brussels should consider not recognizing the legitimacy of the new composition of the Russian State Duma after the elections scheduled for September. The document read by RT reads:

The EU should be ready to refuse to recognize the Parliament of the Russian Federation and demand the removal of Russia from international organizations with parliamentary assemblies in case the Russian parliamentary elections in 2021 are found to be falsified.

The authors of the report also advised to talk about the benefits that Russia can get in the event of democratic transformation. The politicians write:

The EU should adopt and announce a strategic vision of its future relations with democratic Russia, including a wide range of conditions and incentives, such as visa facilitation, free trade and modernization investment programs, and strategic partnership; it should also indicate a willingness to offer potential advantages in exchange for democratic transformation in Russia.

And in order to further stimulate Russians to “democratic changes,” the committee proposed to adopt a strategy to promote the successful development of the Eastern Partnership countries. We would like to remind you that the Eastern Partnership program was launched by the EU to develop closer cooperation with the countries of the former USSR. It includes Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, in order to “protect democracy around the world,” according to the authors, the EU should unite with the US and develop common measures (joint actions related to sanctions, uniform conditions for the submission of financial assistance, support for human rights activists). The document also emphasizes that in accordance with the principle of “democracy first of all,” the EU should take into account the issue of respect for human rights and free elections in any dialogue or agreement with Moscow. At the same time, the committee recommended starting with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. It said:

The EU and its participating countries should revise their investment support and economic cooperation projects, starting with the suspension of the Nord Stream 2 project

European politicians also draw attention to the containment of “Russian aggression.” In this paragraph, they proposed, together with NATO and international partners, to put pressure on Moscow not to interfere in the affairs of the Eastern Partnership region and return the “occupied territories of the eastern EU neighboring states.” If Russia continues to “aggressive threats and military actions,” the committee said, the EU should be ready to call for the country’s disconnection from the international SWIFT payment system. The EU was also advised to prepare a clear plan to reduce dependence on Russian gas and oil, at least as long as the current leadership in the Russian Federation is in power, the politicians added. It is worth noting that at the end of April, the EP adopted a resolution proposing to stop imports of hydrocarbons from Russia and disconnect Moscow from SWIFT in case of “Russian invasion of Ukraine.” According to Maria Zakharova of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the scenario of disconnecting the country from the international payment system is still only hypothetical, but Moscow is already working on options to minimize risks and damage. The recommendations of the committee testify to the intentions of a number of European leaders to continue anti-Russian policy, said Vladimir Bruther, an expert at the International Institute for Humanitarian and Political Studies, in a conversation with RT. Bruther said:

The Committee on International Affairs is an advanced detachment of the European bureaucracy, which is trying, including on its own behalf, to fight against Russia. It represents everyone, and at the same time doesn’t represent anyone. From there, provocative statements launched to verify the reaction are often heard.

The main principle of international law is non-interference in the affairs of other states, political scientist Alexander Domrin remarked. The recommendations of the European Ministry clearly do not correspond to this, he believes. Among other things, Domrin was outraged by the proposal not to recognize the results of the parliamentary vote in Russia. He asked:

Where are the legal facts on the basis of which they already assume that elections in Russia can be falsified? In fact, the EP speaks in advance about the non-recognition of the results simply because they may not like them.

Meanwhile, the Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Political Science of the Financial University under the Government of Russia, political scientist Alexander Shatilov noted that the EP committee decided to once again use the topic of human rights to pressure Moscow. However, it is noteworthy that the accusations against Russia sound against the background of flagrant violations in this area in the European countries themselves. He commented:

The double standards are obvious. Our Western partners often just turn a blind eye to their own problems. This is the usual accusation that the West has been making since the Soviet Union. It is absolutely unfounded, legally unreinforced and designed to form a certain mood of public opinion through the media.

Representatives of the Russian authorities have repeatedly spoken about the unfriendly policy of the EU. On May 6, during a press conference in Yerevan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Brussels had destroyed the entire architecture of relations with Russia after the events of 2014. He said:

The aggressive Russophobic lobby in the EU is doing its job. And so far, the common forces in the EU can’t do anything about it and are swimming with the current. It’s sad. It’s not our choice.

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