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3 Biggest+Most EULeaders for Russia Summit, But Polish+Baltic Forget History, von Leyen Mixes Data..

Ecrit par ACM
Friday, 25 June 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An UnExpected OverNight Delay with abnormal Tension between EU Leaders Exceptionaly Cancelled EU Council's Scheduled Press-Conference on the Rich Agenda of the 1st Day in the Current EU Summit in Brussels (24-25 June 2021), and, a Great Part of that was reportedly Due to a Vibrant Opposition of Some EU Member States against a Franco-German Proposal to simply find a Format for Collective EU - Russia Summits asap, as it was Revealed this Next Day, in the Press Conferences of Macron, Merkel, and Michel/von der Leyen, etc.

That Strange Contradiction reportedly Opposed the 3 Biggest EU Countries : France and Germany, Supported by Italy, and more or less Backed by All the Rest of the 27 EU Member States, with the sole Exception of Baltic Countries (3) and Poland.

In Fact, All the EU Leaders Agreed mainly on several Concrete Issues, about which an Engagement and Dialogue with Russia would Interest them, (such as, f.ex. "Climate, Environment, Health, Selective Issues of Foreign and Security Policy, Multilateral Issues such as the ICPoA, Syria and Libya", added to "People to People Contacts", Support to Civil Society, Human Righs Organisations and Independent Media", etc), But Disagreed concerning the Establishment of a Format for the EU to Speak Together, as a whole, with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, (reportedly Pushing that matter to anOther, Undetermined Future EU Summit to come) !

- Naturally, Both French President Macron, and German Chancelor Merkel, in their Parallel National Press Conferences Today, Pointed at New US President Biden's recent Meeting with Russian President Putin at nearby Geneva, (where even European, and Not Only Global Issues were reportedly Discussed), and Criticized as AbNatural and Counter-Productive for EU Leaders to be Deprived from Any Equivalent Possibility to engage Collectively in a Similar "Direct" Discussion with Russia, as Also Many and Various Other Expeienced Political Observers had Observed, (See, f.ex., inter alia, also at : ..., etc).

A Fortiori since Russia is Notoriously Part of Historic General De Gaule's "Greater Europe", and Both Culturaly, Historicaly, and Geographicaly -as far as Capital Moscow and Saint-Petersburg are concerned- Part of the European Continent, as well as former Ally in the 2nd World War against NAZIsm, useful Cooperator, more Recently, on Space Tech, etc...

- Merkel, particularly, Reminded also the Fact that "Even During the "Cold War" of a Past, there Always were Channels for Discussions" with Russia ! Moreover, Nowadays, it's even "an Expression of EU's Sovereignity, to be able to Speak Directly with Russia", as a Collective and Independent Union, Instead of Onlly being "Briefed" by the Intermediary of Others, be it Our American Friends, as it happened these Last Days, she rightfuly added.

- Macron Stressed, particularly, that Limit Nowadays EU - Russia relations mainly on a repetition of various "Sanctions", again and again, while Abstaining from a Collective EU "Strategy" on Political Discussions with the Russian President, has proved to be "Not Efficient". On the Contrary, EU Leaders should Think and Prepare Together on What and How to Discuss with Vladimir Putin, which Joint Aims they Wish to pursue, and what "Red Lines" they fix, etc., in order to Succeed to "Advance forward" in some Key concrete Issues of Common Interest. Russia should No be Pushed to make Deals Only with China, Macron Warned, (See Infra). And, as far as France is concerned, (who will Chair the EU Next Year, on 2022), a Direct Engagement with Russia has Already Started "since August 2019", i.e. at Fort Breganson, at the Eve of a "G7" Summit in Biarritz : See ... + ..., etc).

+ Both also added that, in Fact, even "After 2014" (Ukraine Conflict, Obviously Provoked mainly by some Foreign Interferences, in order to Divide and Weaken Europe : See, inter alia, also :..., etc), Many EU Heads of State/Government, Including themselves, Always Continue to have Various Other Opportunities to "Meet Putin in Bilateral Contacts", and/or on the Occassion of Various Other Collective International Meetings, (f.ex. in the UNO, G20, "Normandy Format", etc). Therefore, it was No More Productive for the EU to be the Only one to be Deprived of such a Possibility, even further...

=> That's why, the Franco-German EU-core Couple, Stressed that this Matter Should be anew and Better Discussed again at Forthcoming EU Summits asap.

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However, it was, indeed, quite Strange, to see, almost at the Same Time in Brussels' Concluding Video-Press Conference,(where "Eurofora" was Invited to Participate), the Head of EU Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, to practicaly Skip Most of Macron's and Merkel's above-Mentioned Positive Remarks, in order to Focus, particularly, in Only a Few "Issues" for Discussion with Russia, (f.ex. "Climate and Health" : sic !), while, for the Rest, she apparently adopted an UnExpectedly Aggressive Stance against Russia...

- F.ex., von der Leyen Focused rather on "Negative" aspects reportedly spoted in some Russia's behaviors "Targeting" the EU, and/or "Violating Human Rights", as she Claimed, which would require to "Push Back" and "Constrain Russia", according to her View.

+ However, things went more Nasty, when she Added, Boasting, that "We (the EU) are in a Position of Strength" (sic !) vis a vis Russia, according to her, simply Because "Russian Imports in the EU don't represent, Today, than Only about 5% of EU's Trade", while, on the Contrary, they represent 37%" of its Foreign Trade relations, and, at the same time, Russia relies heavily on its Oil/Gas Resources, whose Economic Value, however, due also to so-called "Green" Reforms inside the EU, is Expected to Diminish, as she thought...

>>> Nevertheless, Von der Leyen seems, inter alia, also to have ...Mixed up her Figures and overall Calculations, since, Comparatively, even Official EU Data reveal that, in Fact, Russia's Imports in the EU are Bigger than Turkey's : 5% against Only 3%, while EU's Imports from Russia are, Proportionaly, Smaller than those from Turkey, in those Countries' Foreign Trade : Indeed, they represent about 37% for Russia, But 41% for Turkey...

At any case, she did Not at all abuse of such Doubtful Arguments Today in order to Criticize Turkey, (which Notoriously was an Important Issue for Discussions during the present EU Summit) ! On the Contrary, while she appeared Eager for even More "Sanctions" against Russia, however, fpr Turkey, von der Leyen spoke about "3 Billions €" More, on pretext of "Refugees", regardless if the Official Conclusions of this EU Summit did Not say anything so specific.

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    + More Interestingly, our Polish and Baltic Friends seem to have ...Forgotten their own (and Europe's) History, in such a Stuborn Opposition to almost Everything which concerns their Neighbour Country Russia :

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    - Indeed, Already from the Outset, the very Beginning of European People's Liberation from the Ottoman-Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of the Medieval Times, Notoriously Started on the MainLand mainly by the Historic ..."Holly League" of 1684 - 1699, which brought Together Poland with Lithuania and Russia, as well as the Austrian Habsburg with the German Holy Roman Empire, and Venice, as Allies, Based on "the Treaty of Warsaw", and strongly Supported by the Vatican of Pope Innocent XI, Uniting Catholic and Orthodox Christians for the Freedom of Europe. It "has been recognised as a Turning Point in ... History", which "Shifted the balance of Power Away from the Ottomans"-Turks, "Leading to a Diminished ... presence" of them "in Europe", by "Unprecedented military Successes, with Large Areas of ....Land Recovered", in a so Popular way that it "has ben Called a <<14th Crusade>>", as "Wikipedia" reminds. Inter alia, among the European Territories which were Liberated then, were also Hungary, Dalmatia, Moreas (Peloponese in Greece), a Western and an Eastern Part of nowadays Ukraine : Podolia and NovoRossia, by Poland and Russia, respectively, with neighbouring Azoff City (ibid), etc.

    => Thus, Continuing also Later-on, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the Western Side, and Russia from the Eastern side, practicaly were the two Cooperating Factors for Al Ukraine's Liberation from the former Ottoman-Turk Oppressive jug...

    + Moreover, even if the Former Stalin's era might have been, indeed, somewhat Harsh, Nevertheless, Poland Notoriously was the Center of collective Defense policy with the "Warsaw Pact", and, Despite a lot of Sufferings during the NAZI Military Invasion and Occupation of most Poland, the infamous "Gheto of Warsaw" Incidents, etc., Polish People Never Accused nowadays Democratic Germany to be Responsible for that Past, Neither Refused to Cooperate Today inside the EU, on the Contrary...

    ++ Last, but not least, even These Days' Harsh Quarrel during this EU Summit in Brussels, between several EU Member Countries and Hungary, (Supported by Poland and Slovakia, while also 7 More EU Countries silently backed them too), on a Social and BioEthical Issue such as the Protection of underage Children from Homosexual Propaganda, clearly Shows that, in Fact, the notoriously pro-Christian Values oriented current Polish Government, has More Close Links to Vladimir Putin's Russia, (which Started to have Similar Conflicts with a Part of the West, and particularly Obama's USA, on Such kind of Social and Moral Issues, Since 2013, adding Such Differends towards the provocation of the Ukranian Conflict of 2014)...

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    Most of these Supplementary Facts are Obviously Independent and unrelated to the Principal, Basic Point of Principle, Supported in this Paper, that EU, as such, should have the Elementary Right to Freely Hold any Discussion it deems Useful, Directly with the Russian leadership, withOut Depending on Any 3rd Foreign Country's "good will" to Subsequently "Brief" her on Key Issues for Europe's Present and foreseable Future !

    A Fortiori, when such Persistent Anti-Russia Bullying, pushed by some, during the Last 7 Years, also Risk to have Serious Consequences against the Geo-Political and other Interests of Europe, (almost as French President Macron Warned : Comp. Supra).

    Thus, among others, for instance, it might be Indifferent for some, if the EU succeeded, or not, to Develop High-Tech Capabilities allowing to Reach and Explore the Planet Mars, Before the 2020ies, as it had been, indeed, Scheduled, Initialy by some EU - USA, and Later by EU - Russia (when Obama slashed NASA's Budget for Space Flight on 2010) Cooperation Agreements, Aiming to Land on Mars at 2016-2018, but partialy "Freezed" After the provocation of the 2014 Ukraine Conflict, marked a Partial Failure on 2016, and were Postponed, for the Rest, first for 2020, and aterwards for 2022-2023. So, "Never Mind", for those who don't give a damn for such Historic Achievements, if, in the Meantime, it's ...China who has now Landed on Mars, since May 2021, Before Europe...

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    But, will they get a Right to Impose their "Indifference" Even to the Imminent Perspective to Build a Base at Nearby Moon, Together with a Floating Station Between the Earth and its Satellite, as Russia and China have reportedly Just Decided to do Together ?

    During Gaullist Jacques Chirac's era, after Soyuz at Kuru idea (initialy pushed by "Eurofora"'s co-Founder), there was talk about a possible EU - Russia Air-Space Shuttle, continued during Sarkozy's, inter alia, also with the preparation of the above-mentioned Joint Project for Access and Exploration of Mars. Now Macron has just Warned (Comp. Supra), Not to systematicaly Push too much Russia towards Cooperations Only with China...

    Let's Hope that the Surprizing Exclusion, Yesterday at this EU Summit in Brussels, of Space High-Tech among the Concrete Areas where the EU intends to "Engage" in "Dialogue" with Russia (Comp. Supra), does Not Condemn the Europeans to See the Moon, Mars, and many Other spectacular, High-Profile Space Areas, Only by ...Watching a TV set, wearing Slippers, inside their Private Home, Alone with their Cat or Dog...

    Particularly if Even that "TV-set", (added to the Slippers), is also "Made in Korea", "Japan", or "China !

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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