It’s striking the EU is able to maintains an arms embargo against China,” a major trading partner China, but not their main strategic rival, Russia. It is a good thing that Russia is so militarily weak it needs French ships to intimidate Ukraine and Georgia, of course. It is bad it is strong enough to be able to get them.
Russia is close to buying a warship from France in its first deal to import military technology from a Nato state since the end of the Cold War.
Bernard Kouchner, Franceâ€™s Foreign Minister, and HervÃ© Morin, the Defence Minister, made it clear that they supported the sale of a Mistral assault ship to Russia during talks in Moscow yesterday.
The move is likely to alarm other Nato states after Russia indicated that it was seeking a bigger deal to upgrade its armed forces with advanced Western technology. It could also raise tensions in the Black Sea, where Russia has threatened to act against Georgian naval vessels if they block ships from travelling to the separatist region of Abkhazia.
This is why the European Union Reform Treaty is needed, why it was such good when Ireland voted for it. This is why it would be a good thing for the Czech Republic and Poland will join too (meaning it becomes binding for all members of the European Union). Russia is able to play divide-and-conquer games with the European States, because of the weak nature of the European Union decision-making process, in a way that Russia could never do with the 50 united States.
When Europeans say global warming, they mean Russia.
When Europeans say European Union, they mean the Political Arm of NATO-in-Europe.
Stop “global warming.”
Strengthen the “European Union.”