Below is our translation of an article from rueconomics.ru with commentary by Vince Dhimos.
This is just one of many commentaries in Russia on US hysteria. Let’s take a look at the Anglo-Saxon press on this topic (in EN):
U.S. military warns against Russian Arctic expansion
In statements made before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate, military commanders for the U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. European Command warned about Russia’s growing influence in the Arctic, its military build-up, and the United States’ inability to counter Russia’s activities. Similarly, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Zukunft, expressed concern about “a mounting Russian footprint” in his 2018 State of the Coast Guard address earlier this month.
So the message to Russia from the US military is: We are warning you to back down because we are impotent to counter you! This is getting to be the style of all US “warnings.” Like when Trump told Venezuela’s interim first lady “the Russians need to leave” and then quickly said “next question” for fear she would ask “how will you make them leave?”
I just want to say to Admiral Zukunft: why in heaven’s name does the US have to counter everything the Russians do? Why the obsession? Let the US military get a life of its own. You know, folks, the Russians didn’t go to the far north with its military to set up bases. They went with engineers, built ice breakers to help ships pass through the Arctic Ocean (something like the dream of the Northwest Passage) as part of a new potentially lucrative transportation project, and prepared to set up oil and gas extraction systems, and then sent the military to defend and protect their projects. The US has no projects there so the US military wants to go only to stop the Russians. US economic theory can be boiled down to: we can only prosper by making others poor. If we can stop the Russians and Chinese we will be prosperous again. Taking this to its logical end, the US would reach peak prosperity by nuking Russia and China! Do they have mush for brains?
From the content of our translated article, it looks like the Europeans are using common sense in their relations with Russia, joining them instead of threatening them. They are no doubt motivated to cooperate with Russia to show the US they won’t be pushed around any more. You may recall that the US ambassador had the unmitigated gall to tell Germany not to complete the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 asserting it was a threat to European “energy security” because it gave Russia power to pressure Europe. But the Europeans are waking up to the fact that the only country pressuring Europe has been the US, and the Europeans are getting sick of it. Trump is making great changes in the world with his bullying, but not the kind he and his followers imagined. A recent poll shows that the US has lost respect in the eyes of the rest of the world, even as Americans vainly dream that, as another poll shows, they are loved now more than ever.
EU is interested in cooperation with Russia on Arctic projects
April 8, 2019
The European Union is interested in cooperation with Russia on Arctic projects. This was stated by the EU Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Marie-Anne Coninsx during a meeting with St. Petersburg Vice Governor Eduard Batanov.
On Monday, April 8, in Smolny, there was a meeting of the EU Ambassador for Special Assignments for the Arctic, Marie-Anne Coninsx, with the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg, Eduard Batanov. Representatives of the EU delegation were also present at the meeting.
Coninsx arrived in the Northern capital to participate in the International Arctic Forum "The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue," which will open at Expoforum on Tuesday, April 9.
In her opinion, St. Petersburg plays a special role in the development of the Arctic. At the same time, the EU Ambassador stated with confidence that the joint projects of the EU and Russia will continue their active development in this area.
The European Union understands how important the economic development of the Arctic region is.
In turn, the vice-governor of St. Petersburg Edward Batanov said that the city is now designing and creating unique energy equipment and marine equipment. In addition, they prepare personnel for specialized enterprises.
In this regard, St. Petersburg is now presenting itself as a kind of coordinator of Arctic research, and is also a platform for the promotion of Arctic projects.
Author: Irina Sintsova