“It is amazing how the leaders of France and Germany are inadvertently paving the way for new acts of violence by Russia. How is it possible that Paris and Berlin have learned nothing from history? Why do they assume that Putin, who is currently waging a war on a great European people, intends to keep his promises? “. The rift in Europe between Paris and Berlin on the one hand and the countries of the Eastern area is deepening after the phone call. yesterday between Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Vladimir Putin. The words of Marko Mihkelson, head of the foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament, relaunched by the Financial Times well describe the rift in the approaches between the two blocs within the EU towards of the Russian invader. An unease that continues to mount and that risks not a little weakening the response of the twenty-seven member states to military aggression, fueling the doubts of the most exposed countries such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, that Paris and Berlin could to agree to partial transfers of Ukrainian sovereignty in order to reach a conclusion to the conflict, a hypothesis that for them should be immediately eliminated from the table.
Artis Pabriks, Latvian Deputy Prime Minister, said on Twitter: “There appear to be some so-called Western leaders who have an explicit need for self-humiliation coupled with total detachment from political reality.” The reference is clearly to yesterday’s phone call between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron with Putin, lasting 80 minutes, during which the Kremlin leader dictated his conditions: unblocking grain exports in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions. It is not clear whether the attack by the Baltic countries is also aimed at Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi who had had a similar phone call with Putin last Thursday. Certainly for the former Soviet states these phone calls only confirm Putin’s power
Mihkelson added: “Macron and Scholz should hang up and book a trip to Ukraine. I hope their peculiar actions are not motivated by fear of losing influence in the democratic Europe that Ukraine would surely enter after winning the war. “Gabrielius Landsbergis, Lithuanian foreign minister, said that Russia” must be isolated. ” as countries around the world including India, Australia, Japan, South Korea and “little Taiwan” are anxiously watching what happens in Ukraine. “Giving the occupier a chance to occupy the territory means that it can be repeated elsewhere, “he added.
Putin, Scholz and Macron discussed the possibility of negotiating the reopening of the Odessa port to allow grain exports to leave Ukraine, according to an Elysée briefing after the call. Some Western capitals fear that the looming food crisis and its devastating impact on poor families in Africa and the Middle East could trigger a new wave of migration to Europe.