Moscow, Brussels – Dealing with Russia is the key not only to world peace, but also to the vital global resource-, energy- and agricultural-change in order to provide healthy food for all of us, thus ending hunger and misery. Relaxation policy is the order of the day. Stop sanctions, violating international law and human rights, against a country from which no aggression ever originated. On the contrary, Putin-Russia has been endeavoring for almost 20 years to crate a prospering Eurasian economic area – in friendly cooperation on equal footing with all its partners. „Why we need peace and friendship with Russia“ is described objectively and investigatively by numerous authors such as Mathias Bröckers, Gabriele Krone-Schmalz, Harald Kujat, Oskar Lafontaine, Konstantin Wecker and others in educationalist Adelheid Bahr’s book with the same title (Westend). Her husband Egon Bahr – former State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation as well as Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg – had sharply criticised in his last years the catastrophic treatment of the West including Germany against its large neighbour in the East. According to a comprehensive study by the forma-Institute for Politics and Social Research, 94 percent of Germans wand good relations with Russia. The EU rulers and the German government are abusing the will of the people and entrepreneurs for peaceful economic development with Russia and are dangerously escalating the West-East-confrontation caused by the Ukraine-coup.
By Verena Daum
In the times of Willy Brandt and Egon Bahr, dialogue and détente had already secured partnership relations with Russia. Since his speech in the German Bundestag in 2001, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, has not changed his cooperative approach to common development. He always responded reasonable and prudently to the aggressive NATO eastward enlargement, trying to protect the interests of his country and the Russian people as peacefully as possible. The sanctions are seen as an opportunity for self-sufficiency with the aim of becoming the world export champion of agricultural bio products.
To set the points wisely
Numerous European companies reminds loyal to their partners in Russia, especially in times of „foolish“ sanctions, as the Russian president used to say. The companies operating in Russia certify their partners’ handshake quality, as does the Austrian top entrepreneur and plant engineer Ing. Hubert Bertsch (www.bertsch.at), for whom the sanctions illustrate „the failure of politicians to find diplomatic solutions“. As the Vorarlberg Consul of the Russian Federation, the CEO of the BERTSCHgroup actively promotes and supports the economic and social cooperation of Austria and Russia. Hubert Bertsch agrees with Putin’s bio-agrarian reform as an answer to the sanctions against his country, because of the goal of becoming the „export world champion for organic products“ the construction of equipment for the processing of milk and meat products – offered by his company – will also be required. But not only that. „As a full-service provider of efficient biomass fluidised bed power plants, BERTSCHenergy has established itself at the top of Europe, is in good shape for the era of renewable energies and makes an important contribution to achieve the Paris climate targets“, says Hubert Bertsch. „Eco-technology must be affordable and efficient“, the expert knows, „and it has to prove itself today in order to find broad application tomorrow.“ In the production of bioethanol, only „plant residues“ are used for „second generation fuels“, which are no longer in direct competition with food production. „BERTSCHenergy closes the green cycle in the production process of also these trend-setting energy sources by providing the production energy from the resulting biogenic residues“, explains Hubert Bertsch. Despite or because of the sanctions Putin-Russia sets the course in the right direction and makes a virtue out of distress – with success.
Eurasia is developing
„The Battle for the ,World Island’ – the Current Russia Bashing and the Hysterical Putin Phobia“ is the title of the article by journalist an writer Mathias Bröckers (broeckers.com) in the newly published book „Why we need Peace and Friendship with Russia“, which once again makes it clear that the British world power, based on naval domination, has no chance against a prospering Eurasia with Russia as the the resource-rich heart paired with German know-how. Hence the global power politics of the British and Americans. Hence Hitler’s financing through Wall Street. Hence the NATO eastward enlargement and the Ukraine-coup as well as the attempted prevention of the Nord Stream pipeline. In no case should Eurasian trade, change and peace prevail – „because this threatens the transatlantic dominance“, Bröckers explains. We need peace and friendship with Russia, „because peace is the basis for all life and because there will be no reliable security structures without or even against Russia – and friendship means trust“, writes journalist and Russian correspondent Prof. Dr. Gabriele Krone-Schmalz: „Living together will not only be easier, but also more enjoyable. Actually quite simple and logical. (…) It’s burning everywhere: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East conflict, to name just a few hotbeds. Terrorism determines the direction of politics in two ways: in actual defensive action and as a welcome pretext for political decisions that would be difficult to enforce under ,normal’ conditions.“
Grasping geopolitical interests
„The world economic order no longer deserves the term ,order’. Gambling and a mixture of perversion and cynicism are off the hook“, explains Krone-Schmalz. „Stock exchanges, which are like card houses, and collapse at the slightest wind, have replaced real value creation and facts. Psychology, dubious rankings and propaganda determine the existence or bankruptcy of people, companies and sometime even states. (…) Key point of policy is interests. In the course of my professional activity, I have developed a certain amount of skepticism when the whole spectrum of humanitarian motives – human rights, democracy and freedom – is mentioned as the driving force for far-reaching political decisions, without once mentioning the term ,geopolitical interests’. This creates an imbalance with catastrophic consequences. The world is divided into good and evil: our interests are legitimate, those of others are not. Highly complicated, chaotic situations such as in Syria are not understood in this way, so the conflict can not be solved in a sustainable way. Sometimes a change of perspective helps to understand – in the sense of causally capture – what drives the other side. In the background experience of Russian people stability has a special meaning. People in the West often turn up their noses because stability is something they take for granted. The unstable, chaotic, life-threatening conditions under Yeltsin are for them hard to imagine. If Russians for the most part consider stability and decent living to be more important than swift democratisation, then people in more comfortable societies should respect this in my opinion. Russian experiences of lack of stability and statehood – for example – provide the background for geopolitical assessments, that differ from the West. Anyway, risking the stability and statehood of Syria with the replacement of Bazar al-Assad does not correspond to Russian politics. After the experiences in Libya this thought deserved more attention beyond the undeniable geostrategic interests of Russia. For me, peace work also means not understanding oneself as the navel of the world and making it the standard of all things. (…) De-escalating, communicating, putting oneself in the position of others – that has nothing to do with weakness, but with political vision, with human greatness and with the Christian values, that so many are talking about.“
Courage to balance the interests
„We (Germany, note) have failed to make a contribution to the construction of the common house of Europe, in which Russia has its proper place“, writes General a.D. of the Air Force Harald Kujat in the book. „The opportunity for a peace order from Vancouver to Vladiwostok has been lost, and the will to reach agreement with Russia has been lost as well as the mutual trust and predictability of political action. A radical new beginning in the relationship of the West to Russia with the firm intention to start na new phase of détente is urgently needed. Like Willy Brandt’s and Egon Bahr’s Eastern Politics of the 1960s, the turn to a constructive, international-stability-and-cooperation-promoting West-East-European policy must emanate from Germany. Above all, the trust lost through the ongoing information war has to be regained. The antagonism of provocation and counter-provocation, suspicion and accusation, threats and counter-threats, sanctions and counter-sanctions must be ended. But trust only arises through shared truth. And above all, it’s the truth that has come under fire in recent years. Responsible politicians must therefore look for new approaches to more predictable political action, understanding, reconciliation of interests and mutual trust in the sense of shared truth and common sense. (…) More than ever courage is needed on the basis of political and strategic interests, wherever necessary and justifiable, for balance with the goal of greater international security and stability.
In order to promote the economy of Europe and Germany, Russia is the obvious partner, writes the german politician Oskar Lafontaine (The Left) and quotes Stratfor boss George Friedman, who quite openly and publicly stated the NATO eastward enlargement, the destabilisation of Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia: „It’s a trivial finding that the US has a problem if German technology and Russian raw materials come together. Therefore, the main goal of the US for a century has been to prevent a German-Russian alliance. Of course, the US wants to drive a wedge between Germany and Russia.“ It is all the more necessary for a self-confident German policy to reject the US fracking gas and stick to the Nord Stream pipeline, to make it clear to the US that its economic interests are no longer given priority. Increasing cooperation with Russia creates jobs in Europe and stabilises the economy. At the same time, a growing economy is the prerequisite for social and democratic improvements in Russia. (…) In the future, it will be the first task of German and Erobern politics to seek economic cooperation and peace with Russia.“
„I can’t stand this mendacity anymore“, writes the singer, writer, actor and composer Konstantin Wecker in the book. „Many of my friends have been similarly martially arrested in their attempts to demonstrate against the NATO and US illegal wars as Peace Friends in Russia. The moral uproar of our politicians against Russia is hypocrisy.“
„Putin-understander, yes, that’s me.“
„I feel solidarity with the pacifists in Ukraine, Russia, the US and Europe. I can’t be solidary with our political leaders. I’m scold Putin-understander? Yes, that’s what I am“, emphasises Konstantin Wecker. „But those who like to beat up with cursing words should also be familiar with the semantics. An understanding person is no lover, no admirer, no fan. I can also be a complete idiot that you understand. A stranger tries to understand. Not more, not less. How can such a word become a dirty word? I’m just as little ,Putin friend’ as I was ,Hussein friend’ in the Iraq war. I’m a friend of peace and an advocate of non-violence.“ He has never experienced a propaganda battle like today, emphasises Wecker. „It scares me when I see how some leading media are showered with sometimes very clever reader comments and obtrusively refuse to take their readers seriously.“ It looks as if common sense should be withdrawn. „How do you make a peace-loving community bellicose? Through propaganda, through inventions, lies, through the creation of an enemy. When it comes to war, then the manufacturers of the weapons will be pleased in the first place, which they can finally try out, destroy and produce again. (…) We all have to make it clear to our governments that we do not want war. And we should ask our journalists not to report so one-sidedly.“
Looking for relaxation with Russia
„On sober observation we have destroyed the entire potential of the immediate time after the end of Cold War with the eastward enlargement of NATO, in the deployment quality of the Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, namely based on American action and an unwilling German policy“, writes former OSCE Vice President Willy Wimmer. „What should we negotiate with the Russians as a policy of détente? Force them to legitimise the policy of breaking our contract and trust? Force them to accept the consequences of Napoleon und Hitler east of Kursk? Lying to ourselves as we have learned so masterfully since the war against Yugoslavia that violated international law? Should we reset our Western policy to zero, press the so called reset-button, ignoring that Moscow has created security-related facts? Create a concept that will allow us to take some sort of retreat before we face completely different consequences in NATO under President Trump? Why should Moscow believe us one more word? But we have to try and, if necessary, look for advice in German history – though we can’t ask Egon Bahr and others.“