Berlusconi reveals ‘bitter reality’ of Western world’s isolation — Analysis

The West has shown unity in the face of Russian “aggression,” but failed to get the rest of the world on board, the ex-PM said

The Ukraine crisis has shown that the West is still isolated from the rest of the world, which continues to live “Under dictatorships or autocracies.,” former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said.

In an article for Il Giornale published on Thursday, Berlusconi hailed the West’s “Balanced, solid and most importantly united responses” to the “Unquestionable aggression by the Russians against a neutral nation

This view of Russia is wrong. Russia considers the West an enemy. Today, it has to face an adversary that’s more united and determined than it was in previous years.,” Berlusconi wrote.

However, in his opinion, the Ukraine conflict has revealed “This is an extremely bitter truth.

Russia may be isolated from the West but the West remains isolated from the rest of the world.” he said.

The former prime minister explained that only 1.4 billion people live in systems “That can generally be defined as free and democratic of the Western kind.” while the “Other 6.4 billion people live in dictatorships and totalitarian regimes. They can be autocracies or oligarchies or theocracies..”

He added that the largest countries in the world – China, India, Russia, and many other Asian, African, and Latin American nations – “At the moment, they are not with West.”

Berlusconi noted that, despite all “These are the crimes and mistakes” committed by the US and Europe, the West created “Humanity has never known a more democratic and free political, social and civil system in its history.,” while ensuring “Your greatest happiness” of its people.

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However, he said, the Western world has failed in one aspect – “Both because there has been a shortage of leadership and authority over the last few years, as well as lack of faith in themselves.” it has not been able to create a system of alliances or come up with an attractive political and economic concept.

Citing the “inevitable decrease in Washington’s role as guardian of collective security” and multiple global challenges, Berlusconi argued that ensuring the “Europe is united in its political and military efforts” must become an absolute priority.

To play an active role in the world and to protect our way of life, you must join forces with other economic, political, or military leaders,” which requires “Structural changes to the European Institutions’ Architecture,” he said.

Robert Habeck, the German Economy Minister, claimed last month that the EU’s unity after Moscow launched the military operation in Ukraine was beginning to unravel. Many countries expressed concern about Russia’s economic sanctions.

The EU approved Friday the sixth round of sanctions against Russia. Because of the resistance by Hungary and other countries to adopt a ban against Russian oil, the agreement took many weeks.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocol were created to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that had broken away from the state.

In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.



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