Despite the fact that Moscow was left behind the G7, a significant part of the agenda of any summit concerns Russia. This is exactly what Donald Trump explained the need for a return to the G8 format, and he was absolutely right, no matter how sad it was.
Leaders of influential countries could solve global issues, not discuss but decide, but instead, the main topic of the Biarritz summit was Russia … again. And this despite the fact that the civilized world is on the verge of a new economic crisis due to the growing trade war, despite the fact that climate change is overtaking the planet whether those in power want it or not.
Of course, these vital issues were raised, but let’s recall the agenda of last year’s summit. It has not changed much, as there have been no improvements in strategic areas. Moreover, the situation is only getting worse. A year ago, the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program — today in the Persian Gulf, a crisis is ready to erupt in a new armed conflict. Last year, Trump got involved in a trade war with China — now he is preparing to introduce duties on European cars. Well, glaciers invariably continue to melt.
So why, with all this, are country leaders talking about Russia? First, Macron, who raised the stakes by personally meeting with Putin on the eve of the G7 summit. Then Trump, as if offended by the Frenchman, seized the initiative. The US president generally has special feelings for Russia, and here one of the main European opponents begins to unwind his favorite topic!
The problem is that with all the desire of the Western countries, they cannot solve strategic issues without the participation of the Russian side. This is the price for excessive self-confidence, because in trying to isolate Russia, both the United States and Europe thought that their influence would be enough. However, the scales are no longer in favor of the Western world. It’s not just a matter of Russia here — China and India were also not taken seriously in vain. Nevertheless, it is Moscow that has great political influence, which the West is so lacking now.
In just the last five years, the two abysses have divided the two worlds, and Macron with his de Gaulle-style slogans can hardly build bridges across it. The situation is complicated by the fact that while Europe crushed Russia with sanctions, it managed to discover a new and very promising direction — Asia. Did Brussels really believe that Moscow would become inactive or ask for mercy? Unfortunately, things turned out a little differently, and the Russian-Chinese alliance could seriously shift the geopolitical pole. It is noteworthy that Moscow and Beijing seem to have learned an important truth that Europe ignored. Until recently, Western countries regarded Russia as a country depending on them, but forgot about the other side of this partnership. Russia and China now work precisely bilaterally, and both realize the importance of an alliance against the backdrop of global trends.
No wonder the Chinese media reacted violently to Macron’s steps with its “greater Europe”. The Huanqiu Shibao publication, for example, makes it clear that “Greater Eurasia” is a much more profitable option for Moscow, since it is the Asian region that is becoming the new world economic center. “Objectively and subjectively, returning to“ greater Europe ”will be lengthy and difficult for Russia,” commented the situation in the article.
All this suggests that the Western world realized their mistakes. It’s good. It’s just bad that it took years. Previously, Brussels and Washington could still build a mine of nobility, defiantly forgive Moscow, forcing her to make reciprocal concessions in order to return to the «big family», but the moment was missed. Now the Kremlin will decide whether they need such a partnership or not.