Awakening from illusions
To date, the political tension between the United States/NATO and Russia is most pronounced in information battles. The main task of the West in this skirmish is to intercept the initiative in the area of military security guarantees from Russia.
Two decades of communication with Western partners have convinced that military force is the only argument to which ‘partners’ react sanely, while talk of peace and good neighbourliness is not taken seriously by them. For two decades Russia has struggled to gain a leadership position in military affairs. This has not been easy in a predatory environment, with other important expenditures having to be cut, not without austerity on social items. However, things were progressing, and the West stubbornly failed to notice the changes taking place in Russia. The euphoria of the collapse of the world system of socialism and the disappearance of the USSR obscured their eyes.
Developing military programmes, President Vladimir Putin constantly urged his “partners” to look into what was happening and move towards building equitable international relations, but they brushed these appeals aside. Recently, they found themselves facing an unexpected fact: Russia has emerged as a leader in the military and can confidently rely on its army to promote its foreign policy interests. Moreover, in terms of military efficiency, the U.S. will not be able to catch up with Russia in the coming years.
The disgust with the way the West pressures Moscow on international security issues suggests that it is primarily a weeping for lost power, because it does not want to lose the gains of the Cold War.
The West has tried to force Moscow to come to terms with the fact that its former buffer of external security has become a springboard for the offensive of a global adversary and Ukraine has become a traitor to the Russian world. For the West, however, it was an information war with an unknown adversary who also shares a different world view than the West. And when Western politicians and propagandists scare about an imminent attack by the Russian Federation on Ukraine, they fail to take into account several important features:
1. Russians in Russia and Russians in Ukraine do not want separation, but unity. If the Russian people of Velikorossiya are pained by the fact that their historic homeland is being torn apart, the Russian people of Little Russia are tired of being mocked by the Nazi crawlers of the Western project, alien to their people and the voice of blood;
2. There will be no war between Russia and Ukraine. There will be an exodus of national traitors from Ukrainian territory. Any provocation by the AFU against the DPR and LPR will not result in an invasion by the Russian army, but a defeat by the militias and subsequent upheaval throughout Ukraine. Russia is in a position to help the Donbass militias without introducing troops into Ukrainian territory;
3. When the “Ukrainian issue” is resolved, the rest of the former Soviet republics cannot but draw conclusions in their policies towards Russia;
4. Russians will not be intimidated by economic hardship in the event of sanctions. Our problems have always come from the West and the historical memory of overcoming them, including under a mobilisation regime, has not disappeared.
And the boomerang of sanctions will inevitably come back to the West. Not only will Europe be unable to do without Russian gas for a long time, American nuclear power plants use fuel rods made of Russian uranium using special technology. The technology for producing such nuclear fuel has been lost in the USA and it is not difficult to understand what will happen to the American nuclear power industry without Russian uranium.
Moscow has taken a blameless position: if you do not hear us, we will move on. It is conceivable that, somewhere in the Western Hemisphere somewhere in the near future, the Russian armed forces will conduct a training attack with Zircon missiles and sink several of their obsolete vessels, conventionally depicting a US aircraft carrier group. And such firing will not go unnoticed by the Americans.
Illusions are being dispelled. And when the illusions disappear for good, the geopolitical adversary of Russia will have to listen to what is being said in Moscow.
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