Triple Dose of International Summits Lead to Little Change

 

Recent developments within the geopolitical scene were manifested in the form of a triple serving of political summits – the G7 meeting, the NATO-EU summit and the discussion between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. One would expect that these three crucial political events would lead to at least some development and change within the realm of international relations, such as a more stable global economy or an increase in international security. Instead, what the world got was in fact very little as a result of all three summits‘ outcomes. In other, simpler words, nothing has or is due to change in the world politically – for now, at least.

 

 

The Great Reset & „Build Back Better“

 

This summit marathon began in the county of Cornwall, UK, where host Boris Johnson greeted the G7 representatives in the language of the proposed „Great Reset“ with the Biden campaign slogan "Build Back Better". The usage of the slogan as part of the G7 summit can be interpreted in many ways, but one of the more obvious interpretations can indeed be the G7 leaders‘ commitment to capitalist-globalist doctrine. The unilateral safeguarding of this form of liberal internationalism was to be nailed down at the subsequent NATO-EU summit, especially with regards to which the media quoted a top diplomat as saying in advance that the meeting would allegedly set the tone for the coming decade. Two main topics that were discussed characterised the strategy of the G7 and NATO leaders – on the one hand, the focus on methods of repression by imposing sanctions (G7) and intimidation by military mobilisation (NATO), and on the other hand, a transatlantic usurpation of competence regarding the Pacific region. Russia and China have increasingly been defined by the Western leaders as the enemies in a potential new confrontation between the Western and Eastern blocs.

 

US-Based Order or International Law

 

China, of course, criticised the construction of such artificial confrontations, which were based on legitimate Chinese interests and rights. Beijing has also stated that NATO was "misjudging the international situation and its own role" and "slandering China's peaceful development", which was nothing more than a "continuation of the Cold War mentality". Significantly, the final declaration of the summit with US President Joe Biden, NATO heads-of-state and the Government of Brussels once again contained the phrase "rules-based international order", which had been used for some time to avoid the consideration of international law. It can largely be assumed by whose rules are meant to be played after Biden already announced – before he met with Vladimir Putin – that he wanted to show Putin his "red lines". Putin analytically summed up the primary problem at the recent St. Petersburg Economic Forum by stating that the Russian-American relationship had become hostage to US domestic politics.

 

 

NATO Rejects Participation at the Security Conference in Moscow

 

To what degree of problem-solving competence is to be attributed to top-level international consultations under the aforementioned conditions has been described by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as follows:

 

If supremacist thinking will determine the American attitude and our American colleagues will continue to follow their own propaganda – which the political elite is intoxicated with – then one cannot expect too much.

 

Current events document exactly how realistic this view is. After all, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had emphasised that NATO is not only a military alliance, but also a political alliance. What one may understand by this is explained by NATO's refusal to participate in the International Security Conference in Moscow from the 22nd to the 24th June. Stoltenberg's assurances that he wants to revive the NATO-Russia Council thus loses all credibility.

 

Brussels as a Stooge in the Second Cold War

 

The opening statement by Biden after his meeting with Putin was also significant with regards to the American sense of mission. Biden declared, among other things, that the USA is the product of an idea and defending its democratic values and universal rights is part of his country's DNA. That there is nothing new in the West even after these three summits – as well as that the EU is nothing more than a vassal of the US – is evidenced by the announcement of the EU's new report on Russia by EU foreign affairs envoy Josep Borrell, which is to be discussed at the upcoming EU summit on the 24th and 25th June. "Push back, restrict, but, at the same time, co-operate" are supposed to characterise the basic principles of the EU‘s strategy. "The people who came up with this concept obviously have problems with their knowledge of history, their perception of reality and the predominance of phobias over their creative worldview," stated Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, diagnosing Brussels' out-of-life and out-of-touch-with-reality notion. By drawing the following comparison to the interpersonal sphere, Zakharova also stated, "Can you imagine a person proposing relations based on the principles of repel, contain and interact? You can't? But that's Borrell."

 

The EU has a deficit in design, conception and personnel, and that is one of Europe's biggest problems today.

 

Sascha A. Roßmüller

 

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