Political Idleness: Will Russia Punish the Participants of the Crimean Platform

Political Idleness: Will Russia Punish the Participants of the Crimean Platform

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Representatives of 46 countries and international organizations took part in the anti-Russian Kiev summit “Crimean Platform”. They gathered in the capital of Ukraine on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the accidental birth of this pseudo-state created by Russian tsars, emperors and communist leaders. But not in order to demand that Kiev end the water and energy blockade of Crimea, which freely chose Russia, but in order to engage in political prostitution and do their affairs at the expense of Russia. What is Moscow to do? There are only two options.

Crimea and Russia Image © The Radical Outlook

By Sergey Latyshev

Translated by The RO

The representative anti-Russian forum in Kiev was attended by representatives of the EU and NATO, the G7, British dominions (Australia, New Zealand, Canada – London, tenderly “loving” the Russians), the former Soviet Union republics that once flourished at the expense of Russia. The top officials of the major powers did not attend this “sabbath”, as this “platform” is called in Moscow. However, the nominal leaders of some dwarf countries that hatched from the USSR in 1991 and took with them everything they could carry – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova and Georgia – did it out of “solidarity” with Ukraine, which was acting in a similar way. In addition to them, only the President of Poland and the Prime Minister of Hungary from more or less serious politicians came to the clown event – for their own reasons. About those 

Why did they all come?

In order to scratch their tongues with rants about “Ukrainian Crimea and adopt a non-binding resolution. Kiev really wants the world not to forget that Crimea for some time belonged to Ukraine as a stepson. This is necessary so that when Russia is ripped off from gas transit will no longer work, it would be handy to make demands for “reparations” for the Russian Crimea, simultaneously playing into the sanctioning pressure of the West on Moscow.

Many Western countries are represented by ordinary ministers or simply ambassadors. They are impressed by this contrived forum because the phantom “sovereignty” of Ukraine over Crimea, one of Russia’s regions that has become a formidable fortress on its southern borders, is also a reason for organizing provocations in the Black Sea on a “legitimate” and regular basis. Like those already carried out by American, British and Dutch ships. 

What do they want in Kiev and what is a “hobby club”?

The goal behind Kiev’s financial aspirations is clear – to form a coalition of countries to support the “liberation” of Crimea, the Black and Azov Seas from the Russian “occupation”. It is no less absurd than freeing the Gulf of Mexico from the US “occupation”. Therefore, it makes sense to talk about political prostitution: after the absolutely illegal separation of Kosovo from Serbia, criticizing Russia for returning through a legitimate referendum of Crimea is the most natural perversion.

But you can also talk about a club of interests. What is meant in the latter case? Yes, the fact that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, for example, arrived in Kiev, first of all, in order to get concessions for the Hungarian national minority in Transcarpathia and to show Brussels that he is not hopeless and not always wrong.

It is no coincidence that the delegations of the United States and Germany are headed by the energy ministers of these countries – Jennifer Grengolm and Peter Altmeier. They will, first of all, discuss among themselves and with the Ukrainian authorities energy problems, gas transit, Nord Stream 2, and green energy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Kiev these days, had the opportunity to visit the “Crimean Platform”, but she defiantly did not. 

How is Russia reacting?

Russia took the “Crimean Platform”, naturally, with hostility. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called it “another sabbath” at which

The West will continue to nurture neo-Nazi, racist sentiments of the modern Ukrainian government.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko –

a political performance that will not in any way affect the international legal reality formed by the free expression of the will of the Crimeans.

He acknowledged that the participation of some high-ranking officials from the EU countries and EU structures in this propaganda event would negatively affect the dialogue between Moscow and Brussels. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that the participation of other states in such initiatives of Kiev will be regarded by Russia as

direct encroachment on their territorial integrity.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Moscow regards this event as unfriendly towards Russia, the region of which is Crimea, and “does not accept” such actions.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government, Permanent Representative of Crimea under the President of Russia Georgy Muradov warned that the idea of ​​”de-occupation” of Crimea with a boomerang will hit those who invented it and will try to implement it. “He stressed that the Kiev summit is an attempt to create another conflict situation around Crimea by hand Kiev nationalists with the involvement of NATO countries and “demonstrates the intention of the opponents of our country to continue the dangerous line of dismantling everything positive that was still preserved in international relations, and is now being methodically destroyed by the creators of a new hotbed of tension.”

This is a Pandora’s box, Muradov stated, and those who thoughtlessly open it bring misfortune to the heads of their own states, many of which are full of interethnic and inter-confessional contradictions that threaten their unity and inner peace.

All this is true, but for the temporary workers, which are Western and especially Ukrainian politicians, it is not so obvious. 

So what?

In fact, Russia is now faced with a choice of how to react to the Kiev “performance”. There are only two options. Or practically ignore. Or punish its participants (many of whom arrived in Kiev under pressure either to settle bilateral issues with the Kiev authorities, to negotiate among themselves on topics far from Crimea) by all available means for an attempt on Russia’s territorial integrity and unfriendly behavior.

It is likely that Moscow, confining itself to statements, will choose the first option: because of some Ukrainians, proactively swearing and breaking with more than 40 countries may be more expensive for itself. However, the second option is also possible, especially if the sanctions pressure from Russia is accurate and very unpleasant for opponents – as in the case of the recently published list of Ukrainian officials and politicians.

At the same time, the first option is acceptable only if Russia urgently presents in the international arena and justifies counterclaims against Ukraine for the monstrous economic damage to Crimea, numerous and serious humanitarian crimes committed by Kiev. As long as Ukraine, as shown by the “Crimean Platform”, is ahead in this direction – Kiev will not be ashamed to monetize its Crimean desires as much as possible, they even talk about returning Crimea by military means, trying to enlist the support of the United States and NATO.

The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect our Editorial Policy


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Sergey Latyshev is an International journalist, candidate of historical sciences


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