European Parliament Surrenders to Washington on Russia Policy
by Stephen Lendman
The European Parliament, Council of the European Union and European Commission share EU legislative functions separate from individual member states' right of initiative power to propose and enact new laws for their respective countries.
During a June 10 plenary session in Strasbourg (two days ahead of Russia's National Day), MEP's adopted a resolution (494 to 135 with 69 abstentions) urging EU reassessment of relations with Moscow because of Ukraine crisis conditions.
The measure includes a litany of irresponsible Russia-bashing accusations and Big Lies claiming:
- "Russia's direct and indirect involvement in the armed conflict in Ukraine…"
- violating Georgian territory; and
- regional economic coercion and political destabilization.
"(B)ecause of its action in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine, (Russia) can no longer be treated as, or considered, a "strategic partner," the resolution said.
It urged countering Russian hard truths irresponsibly called propaganda - wanting important sources of news, information and analysis like RT International and Sputnik News replaced by Western-style government sponsored disinformation and Big Lies on issues mattering most.
Fact: Russia-bashing has nothing to do with its nonexistent interfering in Ukraine's internal affairs, violating its sovereignty, annexing its territory, or waging war.
Fact: It has everything to do with attacking Russia's sovereign independence and vitally important opposition to America's imperial agenda.
Fact: It's about promoting regime change - wanting pro-Western stooge governance replacing Putin.
Fact: It's wanting Russian resources and population exploited - strip-mining the country for profit, transforming its people into serfs.
Fact: It's about European nations partnering with America's dirty agenda at the expense of their own interests - risking another major war on their territory.
Russian lower house State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said "(e)verybody understands who tells the Europeans what they should do, and why."
Fact: It's about America wanting other nations doing its fighting and dying for it to enrich its privileged interests more than already.
On Thursday, US Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey said America needs "a network of allies."
"We really want to play an away game, and we need teammates to do it. The very last thing we want is to play a home game."
Fact: It's about letting police state justice override fundamental human and civil rights.
Fact: It's about replacing democracy with money-controlled tyranny.
Fact: It's about creating a world more unfit to live in than already.
Fact: It's a loud and clear call to everyone to unite against a monster threatening fundamental liberties too precious to lose.
The European Parliament's resolution was based on a report by hardline Lithuanian MEP Gabrielius Laandsbergis irresponsibly saying:
"With its aggression against Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, the Russian leadership has put our policies at a crossroads. It's up to the Kremlin to decide now which way it will go - cooperation or deepening alienation."
Not a shred of credible evidence suggests Russian direct or indirect aggression in Ukraine. If any existed it would have been revealed long ago.
Instead baseless accusations and vicious propaganda substitute. Russian officials repeatedly reject irresponsible claims about its nonexistent military involvement in Ukraine.
During his 13th annual marathon Q & A session in April, Putin forthrightly said "(i)n regard to the question of whether or not our troops are in Ukraine, I'll say directly and definitely that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine."
An April 16 Kremlin tweet said "Putin on the rumours that Russian troops are deployed in #Ukraine: I want to make this clear, there are no Russian troops in Ukraine."
Russia alone continues forthright efforts for diplomatic conflict resolution. Washington's rage for war prevents it. So does Kiev's fascist agenda - a lunatic Nazi-infested US-installed regime.
Anti-Russian propaganda drowns out hard truths. It exceeds the worst of Cold War vitriol. It risks the unthinkable - possible confrontation between the world's two most formidable nuclear powers.
Instead of going all-out to prevent it, lunatics in Washington risk the madness of war able to end life on earth.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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