Thursday 18 July 2019

Who are we to lecture Russians?

A PARALLEL can be drawn between the Georgia-Russia conflict and the Irish 'No' vote on the Lisbon Treaty -- at heart, both are about the attack on independent state sovereignty.

In that sense, Ireland (with its ignored referendum result) is in the process of becoming to the European Union what Georgia will become to expansionist Russia -- a "pseudo-sovereign" subsidiary province absorbed within a larger federal state leviathan.

Consequently, the global diplomatic discussions resulting from the current Caucasus conflict will hinge on the fact that Europeans have no higher horse from which to lecture Russia in respect of sovereign power, or its sacrifice. On this point, at least, I believe Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev are absolutely correct and have significant negotiating force.

JIM MCCONALOGUE

THE EUROPEAN FOUNDATION ST JAMES’S PARK, LONDON

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