This weekend, the annual Group of Seven (G7) summit was held in Biaritz, a scenic resort in southern France. Prior to the summit, French President Mark Long highly invited Russian President Putin to visit France. US President Trump once again publicly appealed to invite Russia to return to G7 and resume G8.
After the crisis broke out in Ukraine in 2014, the United States and Europe jointly expelled Russia and reduced the G8 to G7. Five years later, the voice of restoring G8 has risen again. What is the mystery of Tibet in the process of separation and integration?
Looking back on the relations between Russia and the West after the Cold War, we have experienced the process from passionate love to quarrel and finally break up and confrontation. It is amazing that the changes of history have changed.
At the beginning of the end of the cold war, Russian leader Yeltsin regarded the West as a natural ally and adopted the policy of returning to Europe in order to exchange economic assistance from the West, which eventually led to a complete loss of water. The West pursues the strategy of European integration and regards expanding the sphere of influence in Central and Eastern Europe as the core of its policy. The EU and NATO have adopted the strategic means of luring and appeasing Russia, trying to bring Russia into the system as a small partner. In 1998, the West brought Russia into the G7 Club, which has political symbolism.
At the beginning of the new century, when Putin came to power, he continued Yeltsins idea of falling to the west and reached a united front with the United States on the issue of counter-terrorism. George W. Bush and Putin were brothers and brothers. In Europe, the Russian-European Summit has proposed four unified spaces for the development of comprehensive relations, namely, unified economic space, unified freedom, security and judicial space, unified external security space and unified space for science and education culture.
The Ukrainian crisis in 2014 and Crimeas entry into Russia are major strategic turning points in Russia-West relations. On the one hand, Russias action is a comprehensive strategic counterattack to the Western blockade policy; on the other hand, the Ukrainian crisis has brought security issues into the eyes of Europeans unprecedented since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The United States and Europe have introduced a series of sanctions against Russia, which are still continuing today.
The wind rises at the end of the green duckweed. Trumps rise to power has created new cracks in the iron Western camp. From screaming about NATOs outdated to encouraging Britain to leave Europe, from withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which Europe strongly supports, to withdrawing from Irans comprehensive nuclear agreement and threatening to sanction European companies, from launching a trade war without saying hello to withdrawing from the Guidance Treaty which has a bearing on European security, American species Europeans are disturbed by all kinds of ways of doing things.
For Europeans, the Trump government, which has been absolute realism since taking office, is abandoning Atlanticism and its traditional family-like allies and overthrowing the rules of the game that Europe and the United States have long adhered to. In the balance of US-EU relations, American priority means breaking the balance, and one sides priority will inevitably lead to the other sides interests being damaged. The French newspaper Le Monde pointed out that the Trump government posed a survival challenge to the European Union.
In the triangular relationship between the United States, Europe and Russia, the alienation between the United States and Europe will inevitably bring Europe and Russia closer. Before the end of the cold war, the threat of polar bears had always been a nightmare in Europe, and during the cold war, it relied more on the military protection of the United States. But now, national strength determines that Russia no longer poses an overwhelming threat to European security. Europe needs Russias support on international issues related to the strategic interests of Europe, such as Irans nuclear issue and Syrias issue. More tactically, attracting Russia can counterbalance the blind action of the United States, which is why some European leaders, including Mark Long, have fought so fiercely with Putin.
Of course, Mark Long had his own caution. In the current European political arena, the political career of Merkel, a strong generation, has entered the countdown, and Britain is fettered by breaking away from Europe. Only Marklong has the potential to represent Europe in the international arena. So its not surprising that Marklong advocated Russias return to G8.
Looking at U.S. -Russian relations, the United States has been trying to reduce its strategic threats and international influence. After Trump came to power, he had been performing the drama of regretting each other with President Putin, but for several years he had been giving lip service. Inviting Putin to visit the United States is still in vain. Sanctions against Russia continue. There is no substantial improvement in the relationship between the United States and Russia. Even because of the withdrawal of the United States from the Guidance Treaty, there is a further deterioration trend.
The U.S. policy toward Russia is divided into two main commands: Trump himself and the Deep-state group of American politicians, intelligence circles and military enterprises. Despite Trumps efforts to improve U.S. -Russian relations, the suspected Russian gateway is still unable to substantially promote. More importantly, Trump was hampered by the dark forces that had always opposed Russia. At present, the anti-Russia as a politically correct dark power group dominates the U.S. policy toward Russia, Trumps voice is no different.
For Russia, there is no urgent requirement to return to G7 at this stage, so it is essential for the United States and Europe to lift sanctions at an early date. On the one hand, with the rise of the G20, the G7 itself has become a chicken rib; on the other hand, it depends on how much chips the West has put forward. Thats why Putin and some senior Russian officials are vague and silent.
Source: Liu Song_NBJ9949, Responsible Editor of Beijing Youth Daily