A Trap for the U.S.? or What's the point of China's mediation in Ukraine?

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)
Director of the RUSSTRAT Institute

Why is China trying to reconcile Russia and Ukraine? Many analysts are asking themselves this fair question. After all, for such a reconciliation to take place, Ukraine must first be freed from the yoke of U.S. domination. It is necessary to completely change the ruling class there, remove all Western intelligence agents, all agents of influence from the country, change the system of education of the population and the formation of the ruling elites.

In essence, it is necessary to make a revolution in Ukraine. But such a revolution is absolutely impossible without the military defeat of the entire combined West involved in the battle with Russia on the banks of the Dnieper.

The current authorities in Ukraine are puppets completely dependent on Washington, whose personal fate depends on the extent to which they are able to implement American interests.

Talking to Vladimir Zelensky about peace with Russia is as useless as talking to the United States about universal security. Washington's goal is not peace, but domination, for only this, in its mind, guarantees its security.

For America to be safe, all others must be in danger. If there is no such danger, then the U.S. itself is in danger. The search for ways to be dangerous to all the countries of the world has been engaged in by the United States throughout its history, and this is the basis of its conception of foreign policy.

Putin's Message 2023: Russia has proven its right to be itself

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)
Director of the RUSSTRAT Institute

RE.: Presidential Address to Federal Assembly

Russia is raising the stakes in the strategic confrontation with the United States, NATO, and the entire global West. After withstanding a whole year under unprecedented pressure, our country has proved that it is ready for a long, exhausting fight. | There will be no quick victory. But we are united, confident in our abilities and believe in our righteousness. We are not clinging to the ghosts of the past, and no longer linking our future to other people's chimeras. And we will emerge victorious from this battle - building Russia according to our own models. This is the general thrust of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Federal Assembly today.

What is the increase in rates? First and foremost, of course, is the suspension of Russia's participation in the START-3 treaty. This decision by Putin significantly alters the geopolitical stakes on the planet, opens the door to a nuclear arms race, and puts the West's lingering fear of becoming an ash heap as a result of a global nuclear conflict back on the agenda. The responsibility for this old and new fear of the West is actually lies with the United States as the main culprit of all current crises, the source of all troubles, the focus of everything immoral and pernicious that exists in the West. It is to America and its instrument of control over Europe — NATO — that its satellites should make claims. This is the main "message" of Putin to Western audiences - along with the phrase, as if uttered in passing, "The more long-range systems arrive in Ukraine, the further we will be forced to move the threat away from our borders."

What would a possible move by the NATO secretary general to head the World Bank mean?

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)
Director of the RUSSTRAT Institute

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's term of office may be extended until 2024, and then he has a good chance of becoming president of the World Bank, RIA Novosti reported citing the German Welt am Sonntag.

It seems that Stoltenberg's services to the collective West are very great indeed. After all, he was previously only planning to move to the position of head of the Norwegian Central Bank. — But what does this news mean if you look at it from a purely Russian domestic perspective?

Until recently, the Russian political class, with few exceptions, relied on the following definition: the US and NATO are our geopolitical adversaries, while the WB and IMF are some neutral, "supra-polar" financial and economic institutions, cooperation with which is necessary for the full-scale economic development of the country, and the signals coming from them are important benchmarks for assessing the effectiveness of government action.

— Any other views on the activities of the WB and the IMF were considered inadequate and marginal. Surprisingly, this perception of the World Bank is still present today.

The complexities of solidarity

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)
Director of the RUSSTRAT Institute

Why the unity of the collective West against Russia is gradually crumbling

Stiff reaction of the collective West, which swiftly undertook the maximum possible sanctions against Russia, continues to have a negative impact on the economies of the EU countries above all. At the same time, the leverage of the West is weakening considerably in a confrontation that the parties involved perceive not as just another regional conflict, but as an existential confrontation in fact.

Europe, which has entered the sanctions arena as a fearless gladiator with NATO as its shield, is gradually having to admit that, despite all its desire to punish Moscow for its political independence, the West is running out of trumps. At the same time, the reverse effect of the sanctions on the EU economy cannot be concealed, nor can Russia be stopped. "Nine sanctions packages and less than zero impact!" lamented, for example, former Belgian Prime Minister and MEP Guy Verhofstadt recently.

Putin Changes Approaches to the SMO in Ukraine

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)

The temporary lull on the fronts of the past two months is coming to an end, reminiscent of the lull on the eve of the Battle of Kursk. Russia and Ukraine, pumped full of Western, predominantly American, weapons, are completing the concentration of forces on the main strike directions and are lining up troops in an attacking configuration. The main issue now is the timing of the strike.

All these actions are accompanied by appropriate information and propaganda rhetoric, reflecting the parties' intentions to resolve the outcome of the confrontation by military means. After the West publicly condemned not only the Russian leadership but also Russia as a state (only the details and stages of dismemberment are disputed.), negotiations have exhausted themselves to such an extent that the president announced it openly.

A number of events underscore that the Kremlin is no longer seeking a compromise between Russia and the West. These include Putin's visit to the joint headquarters of the branches of the forces involved in the air defense system, to accompany strikes against Ukraine's infrastructure and its air defense assets. Establishment of a presidential working group on mobilization and social support for participants in the air defense. The visit of the President to Minsk and his speech at the enlarged meeting of the collegium of the Defense Ministry.

This list of events alone speaks for itself. Russia is staking only on military success. The forthcoming new version of the foreign policy concept will fix the changes in Russia's relations with the West.

France Launching an International Tribunal to Investigate Russia

Alexei Bobrovsky (Алексей Бобровский)

The French Foreign Ministry has announced that it is launching an international tribunal to investigate Russia's actions in Ukraine.

I strongly advise the Russian Foreign Ministry not to dismiss this French idiocy. It is only idiocy at first glance, but it will later be an argument in negotiations (there will be negotiations at some point). Apparently, they should not only be periodically reminded of their place in history (thanks to Stalin, for example, they are the victors in the Second World War), but also of their war crimes, just in case people forget about it.

Especially for those to whom the great and mighty gave the word "la Bérézina", which has become synonymous with the word "disaster", I remind you that in 2023 the second Russia-Africa forum will be held in St. Petersburg. In terms of the number of visiting heads of state, it is the most representative forum in the world, but that is not the point. What if the French remember everything? They do not forget in Africa.

Pope Francis is the Apotheosis of Hypocrisy

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, often claims to be an intellectual and global peacemaker. It is from this point of view, as a spiritual leader "above the fray" that many media often portray him in Russia as well.

In reality, however, this is not the case and Francis' statements are far from adequate. A blatant example is the pope's statement in a recent interview with Catholic magazine America about the "brutality of Russian troops" on Ukrainian territory, and as the most brutal he singled out "Chechens and Buryats".

If you follow the American foreign policy agenda, it turns out that another statement about the "cruelty" of Russian troops was made by Pope Francis for a reason. It is synchronized with Biden's expected signing of a memorandum that will instruct the US State Department and the Treasury to impose sanctions "in connection with cases of sexual violence in armed conflicts". You don't have to be a prophet to know what this will be about.

This is yet another attempt, as it already was at the beginning of the special operation, to launch the cynical myth of "mass rapes" in Ukraine into propaganda amid the failures of the AFU, which is used by Western propaganda in order to demonize the Russian military and Russia.

"Why Such A World If Russia Is Not There?"

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are destroying the energy system of Ukraine not in order for someone to come to their senses and realize. They will not come to their senses and will not realize. And no one will be overthrown. And they will certainly not sympathize with us. I don't care about their sympathy.

All this is not done for the sake of improving negotiating positions. Not for bargaining or profit. Not in retaliation for the de-energized Crimea or the bombed Donbass. Even the logistics of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have nothing to do with it: their soldiers will always get generators and diesel. We are destroying Ukraine's energy system for the most important purpose - to cut Ukraine off from modernity.

So that the enemy country plunged into its natural state of a wilderness— without factories, railways and satellite Internet. This is called, "bombed into the Stone Age." It's also called, "Why Such A World If Russia Is Not There?" Russia does not need their insights. Their sympathies. Their Maidans. Russia needs the enemy to stop being our contemporary.

And while we are talking about the borders of the XVII century, you also can draw them, not only in terms of territory, but you can trace them in mentalities too. The Russians who remained there will be patient and wait. We will come and take them back to Our Time. The enemy must perish – (they are singing a creepy lullaby over there). But we shall prevail. That will be our victory.

"Why Such A World If Russia Is Not There?"

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)

Washington think tank leads US in frontal attack on Russia

A "roadmap for sustained US support" for Ukraine has been outlined by The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the US. Main theses:

🔸 The aim of the war is to restore Ukraine's territorial integrity. The optimal US political and military objectives were expressed by Joe Biden ("Putin cannot stay in power") and Lloyd Austin ("To weaken Russia to the point where it cannot do what it did to Ukraine").

🔸 Eliminate the ambiguity. The declared US goals are a clear reference point for the allies, so much the better for themselves.

🔸 Provide Kiev with the "necessary weapons for a competent fight". These are long-range artillery and missile systems, ammunition for them, including ATACMS missiles, MQ-1C UAVs, tanks and BMPs, A-10, F-15 and F-16 aircraft.

🔸 Get rid of "false fears of an even greater escalation of war" and fears of Russian nuclear weapons. Russia's use of nuclear weapons would prevent the threat of its economic collapse: "China, India and many countries in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa would consider [Moscow's use of nuclear weapons] as undermining their national security and would join the sanctions.

"Guns instead of oil": Washington projects Poland as Europe's superpower

Elena Panina (Елена Панина)

"Russian War Machine" - These were fun to sketch. No rules,
just crazy Russian inspired vehicles. Most of these didn't make
it pass the drawing board for obvious reasons. (© Swang)

Poland will have "the most powerful land forces in Europe", said its defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak.

Poland has decided to increase defense spending from 2.4 percent of GDP to 5 percent, Politico says. The number of its armed forces will be doubled by 2035, from 150,000 to 300,000.

Polish złoty 524bn (about €110bn) is planned for technical modernisation of the army between 2021 and 2035. Contracts have been signed with the US to buy 250 Abrams tanks ($4.9bn) and 32 F-35 fighters ($4.6bn).

South Korea has ordered $10-12 billion worth of weapons: 180 K2 Black Panther tanks, 200 K9 Thunder howitzers, 48 FA-50 light attack aircraft and 218 K239 Chunmoo MLRSs. A total of 1,000 K2 tanks and 600 K9 howitzers will be delivered by the mid to late 2020s.

Poland will have "the most powerful land forces in Europe", said its defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak.

Amid Poland's exorbitant ambitions, Politico criticises Germany. The Bundeswehr is only 170,000 strong. And Berlin spends only 1.4% of GDP on defence, with the prospect of up to 2%.

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