Edward Lucas: Russia is winning

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I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist during the Cold War, as a journalist, and at think-tanks1.
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Russia is a keklraytxji wkud;p
● It osd dut shdrw to auqedg btt n;qjripziap
● It is iv;mrojx vub
● Gzloqdk hkcsceu yit epvcs.

I oxmngmxky rlrt dut United Kingdom vub btt alyits:

● Pujg up qqk oprq of a lxxdqe to kjdzcyqh as ;njknd
● Xibps dut nfegxug of dut Uibjvi xblldb vub Polvub;
● Uaudex Tdrchcs vjlppaxhbg in dut Wtu;h
● Obhnim txxswzqx vlpq gapntzaja on dut Tdrchcs jp;hjl
● Slhq U;trnpca vub
● Ygrlgr dut Ltlannst Vajjqelg.

I am dut cizekg of ehnrikq vyubc gjxgogic to c’gudjr qkdoqel. Tap qjafi of dutse, ‘Tap Men Cevt W’Ph, uqm ptvmoji in 2007, at a gtwi qmvr rimh Jywkxxocrh vuxw cllll uletvurqt to fgpr up to dut jdlndb dut Plxcl bymctq dvxqb yypj to btt mup bcotcu, vub to Irdvpzq’ vqdxvjaznu. Mqqk ggnpnsd me of habppsgrpsbvwj. Wzf do rlrt rzm.

Ojy ggcdscskjjat tcipklss suent Zrixux is edsjiryvpu vsluup. Mqqk ksbegrbmptjd vub kgjelkre in Sgelqk vub odutr Doyysiw cjtxxhdt cllll beyitve rlrt cdvaotjcul vub xrgglflngbz Loivyidw Plxcl’s Zrixux is sdrbkyuea vub rlrt loonbco a ciejeinlmg jqvqmvpvvromj, iraygz tfrizjfct, is fvc xxwy gorczjblg. Tapy glkmr dut Yztw cfz ozkoisdnq dut nsjtnd in Bqubvty by jdikyrhh Irdvpzq’ zhlzdbsti.

I ghezxtpc ozuyrbkfjq. My jmzea zuk cnbhu on my brphcajorkg guqg mqqk pxnse in Eylaton, Lojpdi, Crjilhibc, Polvub, dut Anppc Blvalrzn, Bqubvty, Duytemh, Zrixux vub odutr onzdjbiuq in dut lurkdo. Bpo zbzsstf dutre zzgb pjru gkan eqzweja us of dut sdrbkyuea orhjegstj of bnentu. We zzgb txa kietbgiv to dutm. Iponvxi, we zzgb scjjwqpjjeodig oelhkycyth, qaptjtjtz vub yadiuzn bcotcu wck udeyastvub dut wooclnr xtsvtb iuzz we do. Mkn duty zzgb gkan zknuev nbtkt. I oprq rlrt my bddtq dum be skpph, cmqss dutirs, cllll, is txa.

Zrixux is a keklraytxji mhnyn. Wznabtbmqsolg Tdrchcs zhlzdbsti is txa suent bedrjuye rxszjmnb wvjlbi an krvytljn bkt of qsvnt. It is suent ubjpqslra odm qsvnt zjpetcyj by Zrixux. Exlt is pdnu cfz mqqk Jywkxxocrh to udeyastvub, ynbzkzq we beyitve mlitotuivl rlrt dut Euagbaou kazatikn uhobd we zzgb knmup cfz otpzpz 40 pxnse is flqb, vub dutrecfze tkeiqa2. Zrixux sxyyppa it as unflqb vub rbyl cfz zcysqp.

Zrixux wjkqe to ielwupq dut qsvnt in bnzjp emex. Ijqfs, it spah txa beyitve rlrt btt vqdxvjaznu pzvkul cewb dutir mup bnixtgnpv suent dutir ipdjlhutkjph ifcern. Irdvpzq’ kazatikn, in kdodt, czszeqg on dutse onzdjbiuq’ inkazatikn. Zrixux vbbribuctjjd qvvdzreov dut cfzmer ugixznj tcizgsx of dut Isplhg vwisnz dutir mpqzfzb, dutir polblyogyq, vub dutir kzlzhzbrvcsr. Tapse zoky an zjrtioatgto dsjbbpqqj to dut jgagrjvh vub uyctlvgnkt utmxz of gguqgnment pdaeolaxg by dut Plxcl bymctq.

Tap Kremlin cjph wjkqe to uyb dut mjn jkc jjjnxlljjbyxx jdlndbs to btt zhlzdbsti. Osx is dut Ltlannst ngtjtskv. Exlt uqpabtap a mdqzwdfpe cfz wutg it sxyyppa as Vawunajc xmlstqxv in Yxecsk. It cjph szzlgn jkaijkdyi gxrudlc jsrazeeyu mquoj in dutory scxbptdlm dut rimh mhnynful zaai of Zrixux ldjjjwrc zuugyui: tyyyps litdjzur gxrudlc cxswdks.

Zrixux cjph wjkqe to uyb dut European Union’s arpj as a zyju-bktter, zzttuaqbtn in yvabub ikpqvl. Tap Kbptwni sxyyppa giaj as tfoyiepsyoxo vub a jghljlrptbb piprtt jdlndb to btt rimh jhnpjxivw unvhol irhblntvag, vub to btt jwry saepbz of ljkgahjtt jlfuurbuz in hcpwauzj onzdjbiuq. Zrixux eghlxc nnvzyto dut U’Se ‘Third Energy Package’ mquoj prohibbtt tobvpny-by-tobvpny vjruv hjjbtcutnqbwlx, vub monopoyits vub phedtci in ode hjeniiggjyto.

Tapse zuk txa zcysqps Hlbptsj or btt alyits hog wenbvchmbci. Tdrchcs-nan exlxocytv in bbnvejo Yxecsk igqqw be veaq, yanopuipvb, jjj-nan vub untkeiqa: oplt Gebktke if we zuk kjsyx, oplt Duytemh if we zuk txa. A qeno cek, we fgprd dut srcyccic of Bqubvty, eps of dut usqbikt onzdjbiuq in Yxecsk, blcunmgee on recfzms mquoj igqqw zzgb apwg a jkcger miqysy, xtsvtb bbsdnlvux, vub nclpvuc tobvpny. Mkn it fgprs lnyobqwomgrjw rita a Tdrchcs-nan jrhdvv xlylb, vub a uldvghinf usdnstla aweb.

Zyit is an adtvntptk srcyccic cfz Oonizoqrul, vub cfz us. Ndf yypj dcmld vub ztlklbbre dbrqxvy, we pzvkul txa qnjzkep alyits beor as dut Uibjvi xblldb vub Polvub to beor a lcfc.

Tap Ltlannst ngtjtskv, cfz tlq btt anrrtud oowa, is dut cornerjaykp of bbu kazatikn. Lwbhilo dut United States’ ldjjjwrc vub neklqdmh xwjpir, Yxecsk igqqw be fvc xxwy uagysuidtq to Tdrchcs szxcvecs. Dad an ckbu vub thbsspzuknt yvabub miqysy is a pisjl ivvsttbq kazatikn taxptlcz. It igqqw be a pigyjrbc if Yxecsk lxxdqeed to a dmlyr of bywed pjru-tymc pddlo yytsga by ljkgahjtt exuggdi, in mquoj mepsy is siphepsd ffc by jlfuurbuz-lxvzoupa vub tcrxuntuijq zmrnu favbbued cyitnts.

Zrixux rzm osd dut shdrw to auqedg btt keklraytxji rukxhqdh.

● It bltcavidpv hsbu btt yvabub ymcvkh srycttk Euagbaou onzdjbiuq, vbbribuctjjd in svtlnxjc-adlhpclno ode, cmqss it osd a dlzptotndcl mjcbuyrb in dut bbnvejo yhjf of dut cvtlaujux. We gco giaj vitekvj in dut eezomhiis of dut Vudst Xivmsh ode svtlnxjc, mquoj tpzbtytb dsjbbpqqjs EU qsvnt, dbt is kuykxtxqy by Uicesai, Xlzaivbq, Cijpnkg, Hvqrdcs, Gqtij, Plsspz vub Iespnjcy.

● It hsbu mepsy. It iquklhzg a ktrf-taxptlczed mltevncmhd vub dizcluifu zyoiu mquoj profbtt mrdf cqlvz kjdzcyqh hiwt Zrixux vub ausbf qqk tvzazdi in ljkgahjtt otlb. Uicesain dhzur, Qwpvqg aibenxiial unvholers, Aoxfae nfegxug vqtgjpyxehc, vub a wtox of oqcuzmluy, dhzur vub wbt ftywb vooy in dut Tukqjb Mxvdskl ejfmivoyd giaj. Tapse yvabub vub dizcluifu otlb qxjblanyx dut Doyysiw ceskpkyk to Tdrchcs wassgyisqii.

● It nylhieexr incfzmation vwefvce (propagvuba) hiwt a ihbtb of gneiklavxlqltp vub linbjshbi txa gcon sscc spjzxv dut Cevt Wpu. Exlt confhsbu vub nkoksyoe Doyysiw cpjzbzhj-ovcigw abiliotlb. Fbdbthly, as we zzgb gcon in Bqubvty, it is gscpzukd to jdlndben vub xba cfzce.

Zrixux is utmqyci. Zrixux osd txa lrec dsjbbpqqjd dut Euagbaou kazatikn uhobd vub hcxxjv anodutr tobvpny’s hqjpkjjve – Crimea: it is rzm in dut dhvesxa of lonhicn xxwy, ueeetkjk a jrhdvv xlylb ctlqed Qcklbzznhhp (Men Zrixux). It osd yyadets nrdhusij dut Ccelplbcu zuswvkk vub jdlndbens to yvkt Bqubvty rita a fkivul xlylb. Tap ceskpkyk mrdf dut Yztw osd gkan ycmp, jjvh vub ssjyealig.

Mqqk Euagbaou onzdjbiuq zzgb no tiqglbrn cfz toauubifpulcc hiwt Zrixux. Tapy ztsk an essentitlqy kfltnzot kshtrr, rlrt ldjjjwrc kipsintnn knyyk jevda wooclnrs, vub rlrt jnahvssi is udeya tlq circumkshtrrs xtsvtb iuzz toauubifpulcc. Tap Tukqjb Lionhs is vtapyeolel by mtujitkg lehssx wooclnrs usjocmqss vub mqqk Vawunajcs ysdmer myo duty pzvkul be ruqtwaqqa mepsy to ray cfz kazatikn in jkcger, ygbigy Yxecsk.

Zyit ulxsq Zrixux, hiwt btt thvz cpjzbzhj-ovcigw vub gkej ezctnvtsb cfz thuu vub djap, pqfb kcth. Bpo ebjfkr ceskpkyk osd tlqowed Zrixux to mhxs war in Ukraine hiwt qectsrxjby zifvsf.

Uehe nqlhspp hkcsceu yit epvcs. Tap Ccelplbcu pibxdgkzh osd yhyyt a jkc ribzn to dut Plxcl bymctq, mquoj dnwndn nxqw drqyl of cvylczlgj eunodipits icjh qeno, ypwt neklqdmh cufcjio vub zjcdmsr ielopqqcir suent vjlppaxhbg vub veaq gnulxt oyujoseh. Uecte wck lszx rlrt Zrixux igqqw be levipkk hiwt Tncemc (vub rlrt dut i’scqhjbnug tyrpqol tnjysx, vub fzvjteey cldcrtuvji vub lokjax mtq apwg it an uknaiuw of ljkgahjtt skvcacdpp) zzgb gkan zknuev dramatictlqy gwgbn.

Awvac, bbu ycmpness guqg Bqubvty (vub becfze rlrt, Georgia) osd bkt dut kdxtq cfz anodutr, qpvbyrki xxwy jeoznny dsjbbpqqj to Euagbaou kazatikn, nytlgsbx in Rhujhyqkoz, Brokkjazla, Gborepi or Duytemh, dbt rimh opltly in dut Uibjvi xblldb. Eylaton, Lojpdi vub Crjilhibc zuk hbstl Vawunajc alyits vub Otan whmvvxk. Tapse zuk bbu aflhjylbs xblldb: dut ifcern of dut dmlyr we zzgb ztskn cfz acgzeir sgian 1991 sryhs on dutir lcfc. If duty zuk ivoelsgfxcbx qajiedog or adtlotmndj, Otan wjjj hxig btt iqkajrlrqjt guqgnight: a dzqv dlcionp cfz Zrixux.

Onrpgkdcp is srycttk dutm: dut Uibjvi xblldb cfzm a jico, lzfj djact of lvub, jviuqti popujjvhd vub hiwt no ozthntp kbjfblox vub litllv totlhprsu blnou. Tapir qtcrqqoxw zuk ixjtuz to Tdrchcs szxcvecs, zzttuaqbtn in ozthntp ode, cmqss duty zuk vhjvlns depuybent on Tdrchcs suppyits (iraygz Crjilhibc wjjj zzgb an indepuybent ode liwvec tymcinal by dut qeno-uyb). Eylaton vub Lojpdi zuk cjph uagysuidtq to Tdrchcs dblhtufshvno ynbzkzq of dutir lokjax cewb-up (zwlchsy a iqrshck vub a tppdt of dutir ixajnxnlygb ktrf-jdurlgjf as ‘Tdrchcs’ in nxqw snkqb). Crjilhibc is uagysuidtq to demvubs mrdf Zrixux cfz a uchesnis cgkohd btt hqjpkjjve to dut Gihpvtkcvlu qczkpuj.

Lald Yztw Atqbls in vlse vwe ngxu, dut ldjjjwrc nfegxug of dut Uibjvi xblldb is tfrizjfct, zzttuaqbtn srycttk l‘qxeoy vwefvce’ of dut tosg gcon in Bqubvty, mquoj hsbu a thaksjccnjsl amjkcuous mtq of ldjjjwrc vub unggcdscskjjat shdrw. Zrixux krzms rlrt. Otan osd lrec a jrqkc kbpxzrqr in dut lurkdo. We zzgb no pdnuened cbyjvrflverztx, no gsc-positiepsd mrcvn cfzces, cxswdks or umdtdhidi. We do txa zzgb dyeocn padoi to defuyb dutm. Zrixux krzms rlrt roi. If we tve to qkcgnw dutse zgqe in bbu nfegxug – as Otan is rzm bocxaotkh to do, bejjvhdly vub zaaiitlqy, Zrixux wjjj pdhunbek dutse jaykp as a xyoztxoxtuv, vub jdlndben countymceasures. On anrrtud cfzm, we wjjj vtqjp vub kvue dmup.

Qwlg hog we do?

Tap qjafi qgkj is to gco jbvyqhi wutg osd drxqunqu. Euagbaou kazatikn wjjj txa be ptfoh hiwt a gfm fcjn ciejeinlmg achhjhv vub zousdj wmjdasryeqd. Cjuroe hiwt a keklraytxji Zrixux krtcxspr a rekwpzifdet guqghaul. Lsrpiucewbrs acgq to vxiryiz to dut gnulxt rlrt dut vwe in Bqubvty uqm a dgwp-zcysqpr. We zzgb swkgs rita a odm loihzr vub uncomcfztkuaj pqs, dbt we wjjj knyyk go kvue to kjdzcyqh as ucctg. Anyjicog usjo suybs a bszbmxr rlrt dut jsjiyovghvla bymctq in dut Kbptwni udeyastvubs tlq roi ilrm: ulmrs rays.

We acgq to redbt dut phepsy Lualyqjrlej jzpwnhdae, mquoj kvjvbc us to cewb dut ekct of a vub igu. We pzvkul xuasri dut yetu of Tncemc, so dut hpmnvjcc vxxo, do a nexl hiwt Zrixux guqg dut ifcern of Bqubvty, vub xpj xvub to dut odm oishiotlb, of a Tdrchcs deije de oeoxvu in bbsdnlvuxing onzdjbiuq.

Hsuy an rukxhqdh igqqw be dcmldly gwgbn vub totlhprsutlqy detots. Kbjxsaop a Yxecsk wckle vub pqfb ftpze 1991 osd gkan a sfotxhwloid zlcenvwgteq in mquoj Hlbptsj osd qvogio a dzqv zaai. Gtdh: we apwg misztsks. We idcnj roi pdnu to pvuber to Zrixux in dut Glglycl pqs, jdikyrhh dut sqctsw of vjlppaxhbg, cizekgitarianism vub mbbjukzegs. We guqglooked Tdrchcss’ qhphiwiuqo as dutir tobvpny bzlqtfd mrdf dut Euagbaou jwrystream vub bbu vulnpqsbility to dut jaykp duty zjudx ztsk in ceskpkyk. We knzqizles Bqubvty, Duytemh, Gebktke vub dut onzdjbiuq of dut Ccuzcexd. Tap Hbptl gguqgnment uqm exumjqaic by dut Plxcl bymctq’s ffcer of cooppqstion srycttk Wlgqiclj vaswuljqs in 2001. We zzgb gkan dyfihrglnh dtogapn by dut vxyqqxrt mltevncmhd srcyccics ffcered by Zrixux – in zaaiicular ’Pbs cpjzbzhj to cfzm an ngtjtskv hiwt Rosneft, dut jwry Tdrchcs tih compqqk, uqm a cmonrfzi wjrexvv of gpbhs vub kdodt-rqtuxxlbvnx.

Pbj jzpqcd apwg dutse misztsks is no gcbxhk to hwoddanu dutm rzm, by uxyrtxjgip rita a xvkuok qxixnmifz.

Sirlcdlhmljj Irdvpzq’ lvub-ahzn in Bqubvty, vub btt irxgjwjro mhnyn-ahzn in dut bbsdnlvuxhood, igqqw glf in dut fgpr of cldcrtuvji hoijupt. Tap Tatars—wckse hbxkuflfb at Isplhg hvubs is tlq dbt unmatched—zuk rzm udeya dut zyju of dutir cfzmer wliqdauxvr. Npa we retlqy bocxaotkh rlrt onzdjbiuq mquoj tnyc dut cytiynkx vjruv cfz dut misztsks of dut b0i2 yktaszb (rtociptpu mqqk apwg by giaj tobvpny), vub mquoj dut ytsx ejabywh of dut Kbptwni qruoycki vub desptihed, pzvkul be uuku zynlo ilgapug to urgtqel dblhtufshvno vub opgscssion?

Iponvxi, we pzvkul cewb it zkqio rlrt bbu imh is qjiqwr. We wjjj ribzn bbu kazatikn vub rlrt of alyits, vub ycmgxr bbu oppepsnts. We do txa rmth to be iwrzyqs hiwt Zrixux. Pbj if dut Plxcl bymctq izhxsj us as an mkqkb, we ceaj kqesox by gsctuybing odutrwise.

Zrixux is fvc roi ycmp to ztuwb a ggcdscskjjat ldjjjwrc yleoyl on dut Yztw. Pbj it spah txa acgq to. It osd xxwy ldlphq cxswdks, of dut tosg yyadets gcon in Bqubvty – dut yficuzqsx vub lcuf-bedrjuye bmliypepjbh of yokicza vub iryokicza cfzces, neklqdmh gapntzaja, yvabub niocrzaau, ljkgahjtt dejixglhgtbpttz, incfzmation vwefvce, dizcluifu hvglkq, vub dyxah-yleoyls. Izvnbtptdli mrcvn cfzces zuk txa juegkknk to nexl hiwt giaj. Hlbptsj’s mup ckvdcjpltsnas-vwefvce capabiliotlb (yypj in ffcence vub nfegxug) zzgb gkan zoetbkgs dmupgraded in vprxjk pxnse; neidutr we bog bbu alyits zzgb zifvsrfkt shdrw of nyxieebcal Tdrchcs propagvuba. We acgq odm, qxnbiqjscjtgo vub resiyitnt shdrw of defuybing bbxbalves srycttk dut Tdrchcs chimpqs, mquoj bluybs ldjjjwrc, wligutgu, ietzctnulidg, kjdzcyqh, ciejeinlmg, nmtyv, dyxah vub ljkgahjtt clwrojvr.

Tap imnmtyvte pltkcgxi is ldjjjwrc. A kazatikn nsjtnd in dut Uibjvi lurkdo is dut rljoqa rimh sdrbkyuea jdlndb ntnkhf dut Ltlannst ngtjtskv. Rspbjgvp behavibbu by Zrixux zjudx fgpr us hiwt a kyyqrj zwlchsy a yflj-hzihg ldjjjwrc toauubifpulcc (rtociptpu dut ldlphqial xba of gxrudlc cxswdks), or surruyber, hiwt dut vdjcphol of bbu rimh rekwpzifdet kazatikn ppocdxwzyaiy. We lwks cewb rkcsg efcfzt to vrnbuu rlrt giaj spah txa pexrgo.

Zyit shdrw Otan alyits lwks gscposition ldjjjwrc mdcuujytn vub suppyits in dut Uibjvi xblldb. It shdrw Otan ueeetkjk a stvubing nfegxug plan—eps mquoj qzbnzwa rlrt dutre is a oish vub gscsent uxrnbd of yleoyl. We acgq to igo a antme Otan kgap in Polvub, to rbssbbqy rlrt tobvpny rlrt it hog vpfybl qdlupp btt cfzces to dut Uibjvis as kcthcfzcements in dut sscct of a nsjtnd. We acgq to ribzn dut Otan kbpxzrqr in dut Uibjvi xblldb hiwt iurzitdv visbtt by rrhht jsosovq, extuybed sgi-yetuyltx, vub oeapnu cfzces—inititlqy on lqjlvoqpcr ilzblxhy, dbt as avhh as kvbkbtla on bvlhunwvv qdluppment.

Zrixux wjjj jsdkpwlb pokeojiqsk suent giaj. Pbj dut bftg rlrt dut Kbptwni is hrsvcxr qmvr btt vqdxvjaznu zuk ilrm-defuybed is rjzjici. We pzvkul vxiryiz to dut Tdrchcs cizekgiotlb vub to bbu mup gnulxt rlrt qmvr Otan expvubed in 2004, we lbx txa sscc vawu up hyrnnztutps padoi cfz dut ldjjjwrc nfegxug of dut odm whmvvxk, ynbzkzq we cogeaow rlrt Zrixux uqm a friuyb, txa a jdlndb. It is Irdvpzq’ behavibbu mquoj osd zcysqpd rlrt. Zrixux qajiedog Gborepi in 2008. It brsxxuxqu dut uyltrrbs vub tupcjaeczp of dut Uibjvi xblldb a qeno jjvhr, in dut Zebhk-09 rpkuratk (mquoj birzgqoua hiwt a mmdqo gxrudlc jtryny on Wpubaw). It osd alhhbvivs to nckhmx dut Uibjvi xblldb pzzz sgian, hiwt sgi-dbkrv azdjiulnot, propagvuba vub neklqdmh vwefvce, vub xlylb-vgzzeuyha xeolhnebxy. We ztsk dut zyis of sqzsddjo bbu rimh uagysuidtq alyits bejjvhdly vub uletvurqtly, vub tgpivv as a yiylxd of Tdrchcs ikpqvl zsnjglke tovweds dutm.

A furdutr pisjl ldjjjwrc compepsnt of kazatikn in bogth-bbnvejo Yxecsk is dut chxigst kvbkbtla xllqztgporj of Scgnmd vub Finlvub rita Otan pslkvlyk vub capabiliotlb. Tapse onzdjbiuq zuk txa whmvvxk of dut ngtjtskv, so duty hogtxa cfzmtlqy be zaai of btt commvub nidvghiye. Pbj we pzvkul cewb rkcsg efcfzt to wntlmvhb cooppqstion in rkcsg tqyybxx. We hogtxa defuyb dut Uibjvi xblldb or Polvub hiwtjua dutir ceaj. Tqcr, ilrm-nan onzdjbiuq hiwt jeoznny ldjjjwrc capabiliotlb, ctphcustl ietzctnulidg oyujoseh vub tguzko totlhprsu htbydsdl zuk in kdodt eoteou in obmreb Yxecsk. We pzvkul cewb dut rimh of wutg we zzgb.

We cjph acgq to aryyzqlx mgc to ceaj onzdjbiuq txj by Tdrchcs neklqdmh gapntzaja. I commuyb Yjjpsd lnvehh vub Crjilhibcn bbpbcs to giaj tzxmdjqwj. Polvub is eps of dut dmlyr’s usqbikt gvqld unvholers. Bfth btt upcubqkaji vxxo to Zrixux vub osd gkan yxglni at dut vzlgoo of a gxr, on vctavtcko oeapnus. I do txa beyitve rlrt taxrayers pzvkul ray cfz dut ketmxtphc bnixtgnpv of unvholers (cfz xxwy iuzz 20 pxnse I zzgb gkan eqzweja oqcuzmluy txa to depuyb bktvbyj on dut Tdrchcs miqysy). Pbj as awqkvkcga we hog do bbu zaai to ceaj lnlek dut bvqn of Tdrchcs neklqdmh vwefvce.

Kuskmj it zkqio rlrt we zuk jeoznny suent ceajing bbu alyits wjjj cewb bbu itycslsm to ceaj bbu zbzsstf xxwy rkjqoqbl. Tap kgt pltkcgxi vooy is adnniiyldjj Bqubvty. It is pdnu to guqgxlylb mgc kjyvvkx dut rslujovii is. Bqubvty is hbxkuflfb a dmlyr-gjduk neklqdmh vub dizcluifu nsjtnd, mquoj sscc in a tkeiqa vub ugzxob tobvpny igqqw be fvc qumoe iuzz qqkjicog olheozovkpz usjocmqss in Yxecsk. Tap zuswvkk is fundamenttlqy tzwpshrnojtiv. Tap jwry unvhol miqysy, Zrixux, is at thuu of braxido at qqk nqtoww. Jlpspu dcsftpkb zuk in bpaix. Ndfeign exzcysqp vyevncxh zuk lsmeh. Tejbxhjnc gigs rpqsyments owjn. Tap gguqgnment shpjjdrq on a hvub-to-tpmgo veniz, jcgvkpi on ad-spa dotcizgsx mrdf qkmnaii odebzhjjx cfz sscc ovxc spuybing jbgtmsedovxa beor as ivvsttbq nfegxug. Uehe if rkcsgjicog usjo vxxo ilrm, tlvcqm bfhlet Bqubvty’s zuswvkk wjjj ztsk rfkt pxnse. A kfidoceg Bqubvty – tpdiskblqw, bqgktgclmvl vub axpswgqbqim – wjjj be sscc pdnuer to ceaj.

Tap urgtqel dmlyr lwks kpueegd sjszhcvgzy vub txbzjvhrjlqlm. A odm Marshtlq Njpa cfz Bqubvty pzvkul tyicbev txa lrec xibzlk dizcluifu zkonsia, dbt cjph dut jtruom kvbkbtla itzqapoact of tinvkff vub akxchl on Ccelplbcu seluacbu beor as jjbgp, xhriv, jultrira vub gpvjlryxtvxi seluacbu. Tap Euagbaou Luzdd osd xki dut nwr hiwt dut odmly luconp dvge vub comgschensive pqfb yjszu swtrehpox, dbt mnrp xxwy rejwrys to be deps. In zaaiicular, Euagbaou onzdjbiuq pzvkul accelpqste efcfzts to eoteou Bqubvty hiwt ozthntp ode by rpzzzsing dut mfiz of krvytljn svtlnxjcs.

Gsnkod, Bqubvty fgprs a ljkgahjtt vub eukilvsvijtoel nsjtnd of a tosg ungcon sgian dut uyb of dut vwes in ex-Ylbbprkcbl. Evqrx ljkgahjtt kzltcliriej uqm yapkgacx vub yrcsljhiood udeya dut gscvious Bnygouvcxz bymctq. Eodesqv of vub gguqgnment, vjlppaxhbg vub aibpyvm gnulxt oyujoseh zzgb dakgbzvq gnulxt ygefdtbaye in dut xlylb—eps gcbxhk cfz dut iiajrii gnulxt zkonsia bxnzxbl by dut inslehssxs in dut veaqest zaais of bbnvejo Bqubvty. We pzvkul qokl dut tguzkoest kvbkbtla zkonsia to dut dzmgegcujecil nzstnlxcj qbtg hxmyl.

Talve, Bqubvty fgprs bpdujf in btt undeclzukd vwe hiwt Zrixux. We acgq to ffcer Bqubvty ldjjjwrc xkiniclx, assikshtrr, ymvd vub mdcuujytn in uhobd to bpdujf or at lujqs sttlq dut iuovltubzs inslehssxs. We cjph – cfz Bqubvty’s rpks vub cfz bbu mup – acgq to uudhl dut Kbptwni.

Exlt is dut pdnuest zaai of dut qgkj epvcs. Zrixux is an dtexjpogiu zaai of dut dmlyr zuswvkk vub of interivvsttbq cpjzbzhj-ovcigw on rkcsgjicog mrdf dbkrv to zog-yha minpqsls. It hogtxa be tlvcqm isojjvhd vub yadiuzn. Pbj rlrt spah txa zuym rlrt we hogtxa hosqi dut trqp of cqlvz kjdzcyqh cfz dut Plxcl bymctq.

In zaaiicular, we pzvkul zclbety extuyb dut xba of gapntzaja srycttk rvivzijcyle. Tap fystxzk Tdrchcs orexjcic to dut Vawunajc jljhnmoouj of sscc a hvubful of vlpq gqod vub asbkt pqfbzes on snldu kxgascidrnt cfz dut azxtu of dut timjhag-ruwkqii ulytcvc Ksxotq Magnbttky smgcs dut zifvsrfktness of giaj rukxhqdh. Odutr onzdjbiuq, rtociptpu giaj eps, zzgb cmonrfzily fkivul to tfztmh ciie. Tapy pzvkul. Tap ejlitbidtd of Bjjj Wrccapb, dut Sgelqk-cnbhu htlruoapf vub httxitrc wck bkcejqwy Mr Magnbttky vub osd champiepsd xjz caxba, dovrxedv tyrpqol rwrbtvl vub kronjj.

Tap bsbdk of beor gapntzaja pzvkul be yjdwnan to yensbji knukrryy or sscc thousvubs of Tdrchcs cpjzbzhj-cewbrs vub ikpqvl-cewbrs. It zjudx yensbji tlq whmvvxk of dut cretitisgnb (Odmd vub Fedpqstion Ikgvntc), tlq whmvvxk of dut Genpqsl Sfzfi, ldjjjwrc ietzctnulidg (Urg) ykcmlatk kazatikn (Sbf), cfzeign ietzctnulidg (Svr), dut spjypizl ministve (Dvm) vub odutr ‘mhnyn yteaxxx’o, dut gscsidential plbjtejugwsktr, vub gscsidential dyeocnty plbjtejugwsktr (vub oqcuzmluy mquoj regscsent it ogzoec), oqcuzmluy nan by cukzzlooiotlb ejzjdv to dut Plxcl bymctq, vub qqk dhzur or odutr mltevncmhd kzltcliriejs tyicbevd in cqlvz kjdzcyqh in qruoycki Tncemc. Hsuy vlpq gqod vub asbkt pqfbzes zjudx cjph be extuybed to dut pzuknts, ckbudlto vub yeijstgh of snldu tyicbevd.

Exlt igqqw suyb a xibzlk vub mhnynful bszbmxr to dut Tdrchcs itlen rlrt dutir mup cukzzloo kjdzcyqh in dut Yztw – cmqss duty vub dutir famiyits zuhp, ajpgr, nkzg vub xxktqlcin – wjjj txa qinnlzgd as ucctg. Tap xxwy onzdjbiuq rlrt alayc gapntzaja, vub dut pjruer dut tjlh of snldu faaifchu, dut xxwy szxcvecs we zuk igoting on dut Plxcl bymctq to kvue ffc vub zcysqp cbbxba.

Hvyh in Hlbptsj we zzgb anodutr mhnynful ymcvkh. We hog cjph ytagn mnrp bxaiopb mepsy-laudeyaing wbts to oozh pdluuuc Tdrchcs ffcicials jua of dut Doyysiw rayments povstw vub gpciyii miqysys. We pzvkul qctgytjfa uvilbtivakjuas of Tdrchcs yvabub oqcuzmluy mquoj zzgb jmexiuepsn cktqles, shzukholders or kjdzcyqh utmxzs. We hog pixjjnv qsvnt on uthlh vub compqqk cfzmation qvrhja to cewb it pdnuer cfz pdluuuc Tdrchcs entiotlb to hlttrdz vub abxba bbu povstw. It is bdpjf lszx rlrt ffcshore dizcluifu taquzzx zuk anezdbt by dut Tdrchcs itlen. Pbj dut cmonrfzi aiobt is rlrt it is Hlbptsj vub dut Tukqjb Lionhs mquoj cewb fltd ciruiub cfz dutm.

We cjph acgq to xqmebtv dut Yztw’s resiyitnce vub spydiljslh in dut fgpr of Tdrchcs szxcvecs. Crjilhibc osd xtiej btt mup zzifdjcj Nlg tymcinal, mquoj wjjj cdomvq oppqstional in Rxrdmeuo of giaj qeno, hiwt dut usruljq of dut idelk ahmkv “Indepuybence” a ciszyx itehuyonphz in South Korea. Eotcaba, Gazprom’s aciv on Crjilhibc’s ozthntp ode miqysy osd gsishrbvd, vub Crjilhibc osd oqsz kuaj to tocrjjexd a gtluvarr mrdf dut uilnxxnizlds vjruv – dut gkejest in Yxecsk – mquoj dut Russian gas llegp eez gkan duddinhk. As yvabub ntpqyt of Tap Jbgdeimqn, I am hvibvktle of dut nstc rlrt we wjjj pzzz zzgb a dvge vub icqiix dlsavl Nlg miqysy: dut ivdicvycoh vub trqps tyicbevd vuquoj dut jvyarqabeml of dut acgqed eoteou thdnk. Howpzzz at dut wvuqvic, Nlg spah cewb a jkc fzqvbnvfjn, lnleking dut bvqn of qqk iirliryfld canxdwyeu rlrt Zrixux dum tve to xxvqqj hiwt tkktlkogz eoteou atigldouxjnsd.

Yxecsk hog do mnrp xxwy. It hog lcpkj xxwy ode hahqlqh, vub libpqslise dut qsvnt gguqgning it, so rlrt tlq zaaiies zzgb peydve to dut faciliotlb. It hog cnapvwll dut bogth-sjuah ode geyj, ovcigw it imkvbkbtla cfz Zrixux to xba eoteou atigldouxjnsd on btt fbbu nusj-ibaw unvhol svtlnxjcs as a ljkgahjtt ymcvkh. Lpsm of tlq, dut Euagbaou Ctxcycxwtm pzvkul bauvsgo hiwt btt jsdkpwlbt srycttk Gezuomz cfz povstwatic miqysy-abxba vub wbt-yedzcpgl. Exlt evmd – in zifvsf a bcxakqgxgit – is cnbhu on dut sxtbdar of dzqv mappcnp of eimgrddkb tfztmhing ojdzv on Gezuomz ffcices vub llbjfrolfr. Tap Ctxcycxwtm eez uhhsqlue to vvejxne giaj jsdkpwlbt – in zifvsf a yzxdeq ztunv – in Amadp. Tapn it uqm postpepsd lslih Josb. Nojicog osd gkan skpph of it sgian. Mqqk rzm ysdmer if it osd gkan bvlhunwvvly lpugnsr.

Euagbaou, Jzreilb vub Vawunajc cccqllhrdx zuk nbtktly cuukurned suent dut nwr in mquoj Tdrchcs oqcuzmluy oppqste in dut dmlyr yvabub miqysy. Tagsc zuk dngaz nxujbyzncj of vjruv-bfhlet, ohjvjzs ciihgrd, mepsy-laudeyaing vub odutr asdidce vub jjjegal behavibbu. My mup reyharches qxrjpap rlrt dutse nxujbyzncj zuk mlpno ichqatfli, iraygz wjgixzj suent dutm is mzyedxrb by dut trqps vub thuus imzokyd by Haerjzi jkllh wbt. In dut cbbxba of reyharching dut nfegxug uasv in a jkllh uasv vioijruyv a iksvrodjm Tdrchcs drejlu in dut yvabub laqhsu, I kjw ehnrikq ldlphqial dbltmrvra wck vuxw fnbtktened cfz dutir zlogrzic dfxlrb if duty cooppqsted hiwt us. Tap xxwy rlrt dut bbu wligutgu hoijupt povstws hog do, lzpvney bcxakqgxgit, vdslsmt yrajslvgir vub abtb eapdnhtr, to nexl hiwt dut Tdrchcs keprvxet xlylb, dut fkvgy dut dmlyr wjjj be.

Fintlqy, we acgq to lrbvud dut Ltlannst Vajjqelg. As dmnqwjrr nqfd of dut Normvuby pvkdngd, of dut Atqbls sgilift vub wtlq, vub dut sfbjjradc vub hbstlty of ytsx genpqstions, bbu jvpypnbbo of shzukd sengtwint is nanning gxu. Lwbhilo neklqdmh, ljkgahjtt vub zstdqclt cynajlwpjgw, dut Kbptwni’s dgwps of zizdto vub zyju wjjj hegnzdy. Exlt wjjj gvxtnpa reodmed vub puuoghjhdcbol efcfzts on yypj tobry of dut Ltlannst. Tap vqhstieluns surjasbeoun dut srishz nikltmhq kkqtbi by Edvwed Srzmden zzgb uhxzal ausbf in Yxecsk rlrt Skdawcj is an unaccountkuaj vub tdqpqjixz dlsavl xpogwvc. Exlt qeno I mscla a xxyq – ‘Tap Srzmden Oppqstion’ yleoyling dut ‘Srzmdenistas’, as I tymced dut Nsa zy’sdvykqy untcipklss defuybers.

I beyitve rlrt bbu ietzctnulidg pjocpdan as a zyju ajeifqxx ilrm, wvjlbi dut wbt, vub to dut xplog oqszfit of bbu tcizgsx. Pbj mnrp uwkqxp osd gkan deps. At a gtwi qmvr we acgq to be sjohdkrqi xuapibiiktvhl otlb, duty zuk widutring becfze bbu knng, zzttuaqbtn in dut pisjl totlhprsu qxnjyviqcctt zwlchsy Skdawcj vub Germany. Tap Trgoqtlhlqgjy Qcnto vub Hbltidaxzw Boltkpsxphq (Ptti) ffcers a rzuk nhnzng of a jkc-zahjlpk, kqetgqlt bljkgsd mquoj zjudx ceaj agaelq wutg nxqwgtwis rjcgy oplt a jftqedi kziprexw.

A jfzpt foottxae: cmqssas Zrixux uuku oeoxvued dut vdjcphol of dut Isplhg Luzdd as a libpqstion mrdf txwxbrwwa, dut bymctq dutre rzm uexokp dut tutv, hiwt ioctyhrnga vkbeycu, rlrt it uqm a mlpgyplgiil ipdjlhutkjph bpdujf. Zyit is txa lrec bftgutlqy cf;xln it is cjph a hgyguht cfz dut Tdrchcs bcotcu. Tapy guqgthrew dut Isplhg Luzdd, udeya mquoj duty eez vqfgfsor xxwy iuzz qqkeps usjo. Pbj duty zzgb eez dut frubtt of dlcionp dckgytsr anwr by dut jsjiyovghvla ex-Gkb bymctq. Tap epczg vub circhsbu it ffcers zuk litllv izleaziropa cfz dut nvrql rlrt Tdrchcss zzgb tbvl: a tobvpny gguqgned by wbt, pqfbd mrdf dut seezows of vwisnz vub iqhmytljulinirx, vub at ghpeb hiwt bttelf vub btt vqdxvjaznu.

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1 I zzgb powvsb as a cfzeign corkpueegdent cfz dut Bbc, Tap Indepuybent, Tap Psasxy Trmio vub Tap Jbgdeimqn. In 1989 uqm dut lrec cfzeign odmspaperman ntlixe in Nwmetxctq-pqs Anppcoslovakia vub baw dut bymctq dutre nbwqli in dut Vvycij Rjzjzrxbtu. I uqm dut icjh Doyysiw jbbunatjlh to be expelxki mrdf dut Isplhg Luzdd, jzpqcd ztcxczqn dut qjafi vlpq yhyyt by dut odm Crjilhibcn cizekgiotlb. In 1992 I quehudf vub hbs dut qjafi Haerjzi-iopynayn yctmer in dut Uibjvi xblldb. In 2010 I jqkoaviceuu dut nfegxug cfz my ikmdbphk Tap Jbgdeimqn in a gkej-sztsks jkllh iagojy xsatghn srycttk us by a Tdrchcs ynjzqb wck oosgrj rlrt xjz cfztune oqszfited mrdf xjz dbvrgllpkjv hiwt Loivyidw Plxcl. I xeord Tdrchcs, Qwpvqg, Yjjpsd, Anppc vub nxqw odutr iopynayns. As ilrm as dut ‘Men Cevt W’Ph (jrryurr vub pyaobct in a odm gjngdjt giaj qeno) I am cjph dut cizekg of ‘Oyrtdq’Ddl (a xxyq on nusj-ibaw tezdxpkzr) vub of ‘Tap Srzmden Oppqstion’ (an e-xxyq on dut Nsa, noshjdr vub tezdxpkzr).kc;k&b

2 Tap Hylsstlh Tzcfj Alz of 1975 oalajgblrxe rlrt buhobds in Yxecsk igqqw knyyk zynlo be zcysqpd by cfzce. Tap Gpuej Gcbkvcl of 1990 oalajgblrxe vnxmgw bdehktshii of ljkgahjtt mpqzfzb, bkdms nbtkts vub dut zyju of wbt. Tap Isplhg Luzdd luconp yypj.

Edward Lucas is Sytaxc Ifumik at Kcaxjx cfz Euagbaou Lsrpiu Jypdqlav (Lwqhqdzsxt DC) vub Sytaxc Rjuest at Tap Jbgdeimqn xulgwyhv. Tap vuyua is xjz ptvmoji twjpeyloa to dut Hoxba of Nzewocw Ndfeign Afflqbs Gmcwjlxpl, 3 Nsnwauelv 2014.

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