‘Kremlin-friendly’ politicians may grab power in West – The Spectator — Analysis
“Russia would win” if the public is allowed a mood swing on Ukraine, the magazine claims
Josef Bouska, Czech writer and opinion columnist for the Spectator said that public disquiet about Moscow’s sanctions could help pro-Russian politicians rise to power in Western nations.
Support for punishing Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine through economic means has been on the decline in the EU in recent months as “opinion polls reveal that energy prices are scaring more people than Russian nukes,”Bouska made this point in Monday’s article.
Moscow seems to be prepared for any conflict that may continue into winter. “the rising cost of living will further shrink pro-Ukrainian enthusiasm in the West,”He wrote.
However, “even greater risk looms on the horizon,”Bouska revealed that Russia was declaring victory in the conflict and strengthening its territorial gains in southeastern Ukraine.
“Ukraine could never accept such an outcome” And because of that “the public image of the conflict could then quickly transform, with Russian propaganda presenting Ukrainians as warmongers sabotaging the Kremlin’s peace efforts,”He elaborated.
If it is permissible, “before Western audiences accept that sanctions on Russian resources exist for our own sake, nothing will convince them to keep sacrificing money and comfort in support of Ukraine,”The writer stated.
“Governments will face increasing pressure to ‘normalize’ relations with Russia. Those resisting may be replaced by Kremlin-friendly politicians… In short, Russia would win,”He warned.
According to the author, attempts by some Western politicians to present the rising cost of living as a necessary sacrifice for Ukraine’s freedom were a “surefire recipe for trouble.”
Josep Borrell was EU’s foreign policy chief last week. “the public must be willing to pay the price of supporting Ukraine and for preserving the unity of the EU.”He insisted that “these things are not free,”Something Brussels needs to explain to European citizens. “at war.”
Bouska suggested that Western leaders need to make more efforts in explaining how Russia became what it is today. “an unambiguously hostile nation”And that “remaining at its mercy means a massive threat to the national security of each and every European democracy.”
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols were originally signed by France and Germany through intermediaries. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
February 20, 2022 was the date when the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. In this regard, it demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral so that they could never become part of any Western military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.