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Complacency and misguided optimism in the West heralding rise of a new axis of evil

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Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: AP

Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: AP

Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: AP

Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi all looked very jolly as they took the train to Kyiv. During their visit yesterday, they made all the appropriate noises about backing Ukraine in its fight against Vladimir Putin. But they have played a large part in the country’s increasingly precarious situation.

The three biggest economies in the EU have been dragging their heels on supplying arms while continuing to pour billions of euro into Moscow’s war chest by buying its energy. Scholz’s promise of tanks and failure to deliver them and Macron’s plea that Russia shouldn’t be humiliated have underlined Europe’s weakness.


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