If the Ukraine crisis is to be ended, Boris Johnson won’t have anything to do with it.
Both he and US President Joe Biden – and all their lieutenants – seem determined to ramp up the aggression until it breaks out into open war, and never mind how many people die in the process or how much damage is caused.
They are the aggressors here. How many news reports on this crisis mention US deployment in Europe of new nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles? Biden says he’s willing to limit this Cold War-style escalation of hostilities – but only, unrealistically, if Russia withdraws from Ukraine’s borders first.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been massing troops on the Ukrainian border because he reckons a plan for that country to join Nato represents a threat to his nation’s security – and he has a point.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, agreements were made to ensure that Nato would not be expanded to put that bloc’s troops on the border of Russia – and this would break that.
The only person looking for peace appears to be French President Emmanuel Macron, who sketched out a possible deal in face-to-face talks last week – proposing neutrality for Ukraine.
His solution leans toward supporting Putin’s demand for “indivisible security” – meaning one state’s security does not undermine another’s.
And it acknowledges that US-led Nato doesn’t even want Ukraine to join.
But Boris Johnson is trying to undermine Macron at every turn. Officials and government sources have accused Macron of betraying Nato, rewarding aggression, electioneering, and “waving a white flag”.
Johnson’s policy is to shout at Putin to back off. Or what? Years of Tory underfunding and depletion means the UK’s armed forces don’t even figure in Moscow’s plans.
It has been suggested that Johnson wants a war because he thinks it will boost his popularity, as the Falklands War did for Margaret Thatcher in 1982. But he isn’t Thatcher; he’s a small-minded, unimaginative crook.
After Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visited Moscow to issue a series of vacuous threats, her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov laughed at her spouted “slogans”.
She had said said the UK supports Ukraine’s right to “self-determination”, did not accept that “improving the security of one country harms the security of another”, threatened “harsh sanctions” if Russia invades Ukraine and demanded an end to “brazen aggression”.
She was said to have left Lavrov in no doubt as to the UK’s position.
In response, Lavrov described the UK’s position as “nothing secret, no trust. Just slogans shouted from the tribunes.”
It’s a murky situation – as any foreign crisis involving Russia inevitably becomes.
But while that country’s ultimate intentions are unclear, it is obvious that Macron is the good guy while Biden, Johnson and Truss are the villains.
If war happens, it will be because the UK and US governments are demanding it.
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