Czech President Elect General Petr Pavel obviously didn’t mean to, but the three inadvertent admissions that he made about Ukraine during his latest interview with the BBC actually help manufacture a “face-saving” way for eventually de-escalating this proxy war with a view towards freezing it. By accidentally telling everyone that this strategically costly conflict is all about NATO-dependent Ukraine formally joining that bloc, he’s leaving open the door for it never being able to do so as part of a Western concession towards peace.
While obviously the political and socio-economical situation is deteriorating in EU (and US), I really hope Russia wont let herself be fooled again: I hope the Russian establishment will pursue all the goals of SMO up to the very end - it's their only chance to achieve a long-term peace in favourable conditions that might materialize in a new world order, a multipolar order. I hope they are aware that once again they are not fighting only for themselves but for the whole world, and another "Minsk agreement" or just a peace for the sake of peace would be, in fact, a geopolitical defeat. Russia needs a new security architecture in Europe if it really wants a durable peace. And, in order to accomplish this, they need an unconditional surrender from Ukraine/NATO. So, I hope they wont "sell cheap" all this military effort and, most of all, the lives of so many Russian soldiers fighting on today's front lines.
Semi-related question. I see with a quick search that the term "golden billion" goes back to a 1990 book, The Plot of World Government under the name A. Kuzmich.
Does anyone know how he came to the 1 billion calculation? (I have a bookcase dedicated to Russia, but I'm not gonna read this one.)
If I understand the idea correctly, I think the number is way too high.