2018-12-04 18:09:01 UTC
"The West does not realise what it’s like to be a neighbour of Russia.”
Meanwhile, in Central Europe, “[W]e know exactly what price one pays for
being a neighbour of both Russia and Germany..."
Remember, Hitler made a deal with Russia and they were on his side until he
Berlin ‘selling out Ukraine for gas’
Berlin appears to be “selling out Ukraine for gas” in a move that may have
wider implications for the region, a Polish commentator has claimed.
The recent Russian seizure of Ukrainian ships has revived international
interest in a conflict that has been simmering since Moscow forcibly annexed
the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, Marek Siudaj commented.
There are lessons to be learned and conclusions to be drawn from what has
happened to Ukraine, Siudaj said in an opinion piece.
He cited a spokesman for the German government as saying that Berlin
remained committed to the disputed Nord Stream 2 gas link being built from
Russia despite escalated tensions in Ukraine.
This position means that the Germans “want to be an intermediary in the sale
of Russian gas” and “do not care that Ukraine will be taken apart piece by
piece,” Siudaj argues in his piece, which was posted by the wgospodarce.pl
After the Sea of Azov incident, in which Russia on Sunday seized three
Ukrainian navy ships, “hopes were voiced, even in the German media, that
Berlin would let go of Nord Stream 2,” Siudaj said.
But the latest reaction by Berlin shows that there should be “no illusions
that the construction of the gas pipeline is a political project” and that
“Russia will use it to increase its pressure on Central Europe,” he added.
“It is quite possible that the launch of the gas pipeline will be a signal
for an open invasion of Ukraine by Russia,” Siudaj claims.
Meanwhile, “German politicians do not care,” he asserts.
He also argues that Berlin is “selling out Ukraine for gas,” and that may
have “wider implications.”
“Above all, that means that soon the entire EU will turn its back on what is
happening in Ukraine,” focusing on the “problem of refugees in the
Mediterranean” instead, he writes.
“This will give Russia a chance to increase its possessions with the silent
approval of the entire German-dominated EU,” according to Siudaj.
It is “extremely naïve to think that Germany will change its position on the
gas pipeline because of what the Russians are doing in Ukraine,” he goes on.
“The German agreement on the gas pipeline has opened up the possibility for
the Russians to strike Ukraine,” he adds.
According to Siudaj, “Germany, much like other old EU members, treats
Central Europe as a subject of bargaining” with Russia.
“If they get a sufficiently good deal, they will sell out more countries,”
“Besides, the West does not realise what it’s like to be a neighbour of
Russia,” Siudaj continues.
Meanwhile, in Central Europe, “we know exactly what price one pays for being
a neighbour of both Russia and Germany,” he says.
He asserts that most countries in Central Europe were “occupied by one of
these two countries” sometime in the past, and “some, like Poland,
experienced simultaneous occupation by both Russia and Germany.”
On the basis of this historical experience, Siudaj says, Poland should work
to develop the closest possible ties with other Central European countries.
Such cooperation is in Poland’s interest to fend off a domino effect,
according to Siudaj.
“If one of the countries in our region collapses, all of them will fall down
soon,” he argues.
He urges Central European countries to follow the principle of "one for all,
all for one," saying that the general rule is “the more, the merrier”
because sticking together “jacks up the price of potential invasion of
Central Europe from any possible side.”
He posits the view that it is in Poland’s interest to see Ukraine as well as
“The more efficient these countries are, the better,” he argues, adding that
ideally efforts should be made to get both Ukraine and Belarus on board and
involved in regional cooperation.
“Obviously, it’s much better to have a barrier separating us from Russia
than to lose such a barrier,” Siudaj concludes.