The cancellation of the meeting between Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks of the lack of independence of European politicians. Recently, however, the heads of some states have been talking more and more often about the need for dialogue with Russia, and French President Emmanuel Macron has also called for this. Dmitry Novikov, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, told Profile about this.
“The way the configuration of events in the fields of the UN is now taking place is directly related to the attempts of the European Union to interfere in the course of events. Apparently, some common decisions have been developed, approaches that European politicians will have to follow. Perhaps one of them in a closed or open format will try to express its disagreement with such attitudes of Brussels, since the entry of countries into the EU should not mean that they completely lose sovereignty. Presidents, parliaments, ministries of foreign affairs of states can determine their own policy, albeit with an eye on Brussels,” he said .
According to the politician, the governments of countries are responsible to their citizens for the results of their political and economic activities. In particular, for Greece and Cyprus, the most important industry that replenishes the budget is tourism, and they will still fight for the right to host Russian tourists.
Novikov also recalled that there are countries in Europe that hold different positions towards Russia. There is Poland and the most aggressive Baltic republics, but there is Hungary or Serbia, which are in favor of normal relations with the Russian Federation.
“Macron’s statement, who called for everything to be done to bring Ukraine and Russia back to the negotiating table, at first glance looks like a rather schizophrenic approach. hands to make radically conflicting or maximally friendly decisions. That is, in the future it will always be possible to operate with previously made statements. Such is the nature of modern Western politics, when it does not bother anyone that directly opposite statements are made. The scenario of events can be completely different, not the same as want to join the EU, and Russia has demonstrated this in recent days, including through support for referendums in the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions,” he added.
Macron, making such statements against the backdrop of a manual from Brussels on the refusal of dialogue with Russia, in this case “does not look crazy at all, but rather, on the contrary, a pragmatist,” the politician believes.
Previously reportedthat the meeting between Anastasiadis and Lavrov, scheduled on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, was canceled due to EU instructions to cancel bilateral contacts with Russia.