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    Europe and the United States may change the strategy of supporting Ukraine and stab Kyiv in the back in winter, believes Simon Tisdall in an article for The Guardian. He believes that the West may abandon the goal of containing Russia in Ukraine, given the “heroic” refusal of NATO to take a direct part in the conflict.

    The author notes that almost six months after the start of the conflict, the gap between the rhetoric of politicians and the real state of affairs has widened. Public outrage over the conflict “is giving way to worry bordering on panic over the worrisome implications for energy prices, food prices and the cost of living.”

    “This raises doubts about the West’s resilience. How long will it take before the already shaky unity of Europe collapses if the Russian gas valve is finally turned off?

    The author also called the April statement by British Foreign Minister Liz Truss, in which she demanded that Russia withdraw from Crimea to the borders that existed before 2014, be delusional.

    “Sounding like a crazy generalissimo, Truss vowed: “We will continue to push Russia out of Ukraine more actively.” Who are we”? Whose army are you and? ,” the observer notes.

    It is also noted that the United States actually missed the opportunity to contain Russia at an early stage of the special operation February-March. The author notes that “the prompt actions of the Western naval forces could thwart the globally damaging food blockade of the Black Sea.” According to Tisdall, if the Pentagon demonstrated “shock and awe” (a US military doctrine based on the concept of “quickly gaining predominance”) in early March, this could stop the NWO.

    According to the author, the United States is only concerned about not going to war with Russia, while London “is hiding behind Washington’s refusal to fight.” In his opinion, other European states behave in the same way: Germany, France and Italy. He notes that the West will increase pressure on Kyiv demanding a ceasefire and the signing of an interim peace agreement to “easing the economic pain of Europe.” So he cites data according to which in Germany up to 50% are in favor of territorial concessions to Russia. “A sharp division between those who seek ‘justice’ for Ukraine and those who seek ‘peace’ is reverberating across Europe – and leaning against Kyiv,” notes the author.

    Also, according to him, the scenario in which Ukraine achieves certain military successes and this leads to the use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia looks threatening. A similar scenario was considered by the ex-commander of the United Armed Forces of Great Britain Richard Barrons. Warned Barrons.

    Compromise peace

    According to the sources of the Ukrainian edition “Strana.ua”, US and French Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, as well as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz insist on the conclusion of a peace treaty between Moscow and Kyiv.

    “The West, or rather the Biden administration, as well as Macron and Scholz, are trying to push Zelensky to conclude a compromise peace with Russia,” the source of the publication explained.

    According to another version, Zelensky himself does not rule out reaching an agreement with Moscow before the end of 2022. There is no official confirmation of this information yet.

    July 27, American experts Samuel Sharap and Jeremy Shapiro told The New York Times that the United States and its allies should open channels of communication with Russia to find a compromise on the situation in Ukraine.

    “The United States and its allies must certainly continue to supply Ukraine with the necessary equipment, but they must also — in close consultation with Kyiv — begin to open channels of communication with Russia. The ultimate goal should be a ceasefire, even if the path to it remains uncertain,” the publication says.

    According to the authors, both Russia and the West are determined to defeat the party in Ukraine and are ready to use their resources to achieve this goal, further escalation seems almost certain.

    Situation in Europe

    On August 14, it was reported that Germany was unable to replace Russian gas through supplies from Qatar. According to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, the visit of the German Chancellor to the Middle East ended in failure – the parties failed to agree on fuel supplies.

    At the same time, the Italian energy company Eni has been more successful, the German publication notes. The company announced progress in its efforts to replace approximately 20 bcm. m of natural gas that the Russian Federation annually supplies to Italy.

    “After signing new gas contracts with our partners in Algeria, Congo and Egypt at the beginning of this year, in June Eni joined the company North Field East in Qatar, which is part of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas project,” said Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi.

    The Spanish authorities, in turn, said that a pipeline from the Iberian Peninsula, which could help Europe reduce dependence on Russian gas, will be up and running in a few months. The pipeline is supposed to be similar to the MidCat project, which was supposed to link Portugal, Spain and France, but was opposed by environmental groups and was stopped in 2019.

    Zelensky’s positions

    In recent weeks, against the backdrop of the success of the special operation, the Western media have been discussing the issue of the stability of the positions of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. In particular, the Polish Gazeta Wyborcza issued a issue with Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny on the front page, calling him “the first ataman.” Mi Armed Forces of Ukraine from 2014 to 2017 against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics) Ilya Kiva believes that such a step is due to the fact that the West has decided on Zelensky’s successor. ”in the Saturday issue, she called the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny “the first ataman of Ukraine.” The West continues to systematically form and prepare an alternative to the drug addict Zelensky. Let me remind you that Zaluzhny has always been part of Poroshenko’s team,” Kiva wrote in his Telegram channel. as head of state, if he does not want to go for a second term.

    In early July, a signal of a possible conflict between Zelensky and Zaluzhny was the abolition of the order banning those liable for military service from leaving their place of residence without the permission of the military registration and enlistment office, which was initiated by the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “As for possible misunderstandings between me and the General Staff, there are no misunderstandings. This is a small mistake compared to the greater unity that we demonstrate in the face of the Russian threat. It’s just a trifle. This is about nothing, ”Ukrainska Pravda quotes Zelensky after the cancellation of the order.

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