Their weakness has shown that business lobbies in the three nations are willing to turn a blind eye to Moscow’s war crimes as long as their companies are making money. Now we understand better why two world wars started in Europe and the dangers of appeasement.
The EU still hasn’t grasped the reality that Russia is not a partner but rather a great threat to world peace, with the Kremlin richly deserving isolation and the harshest economic sanctions for its assault on Ukraine. This means the West should punish Russia’s energy, finance, military and hi-tech sectors – all of which the three nations play key parts in feeding.
What else besides greed and denial of reality would explain France’s willingness to arm Russia, as it is poised to do in October when it is scheduled to deliver the first of two modern Mistral warships to the Kremlin? The $1.6 billion contract, shockingly, was entered into two years after Russia’s dismemberment of Georgia. The attack ships are capable of menacing all of Russia’s threatened neighbors.