Trump's mission: to report back to Putin about the collapse of NATO
Immediately after arriving in Brussels, during a working breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the American leader began to complain to him about Germany, probably hoping to enlist his support in the issue of countering Nord Stream 2.
“Germany pays billions of dollars a year to Russia, and we protect this country from Russia. They are building a gas pipeline, the purpose of which is to pay billions of dollars to the treasury of Russia, Trump complained bitterly to his interlocutor. - Germany should not have been allowed this. Germany is fully controlled by Russia. ”
However, it is obvious to everyone, and especially Trump's vis-à-vis, that Washington cares not so much about “turning Germany into a hostage of Russia”, as about the potential losses of American energy dealers on the European market, from which they intended to completely oust Russian suppliers.
No less disturbing to Americans is the fact that the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 project significantly increases the influence of Berlin on the energy market of the continent, which, in turn, strengthens not only the economic but also geopolitical positions of Germany. What is especially disturbing is the United States, which lately almost officially regards the FRG as a rival and competitor rather than as an ally.
So there is nothing surprising that Trump first of all tried to secure the support of the NATO leadership in the upcoming fight with Berlin at the summit. True, it did not succeed at all. Since Jens Stoltenberg, like the unforgettable comrade Jabrail from the “Caucasian Captive”, advised Trump not to confuse his personal wool with the state wool. He pointed out that the issue of "Nord Stream-2" is outside the format of the North Atlantic Alliance, and it will not get into this conflict.
“Among the allies there is disagreement on the“ Nord Stream-2 ”, it is well known. But it’s not NATO to decide, it’s a national decision, ”RIA quotes StoltenbergNews».
Moreover, the NATO Secretary General made it clear that the manipulations of the American leader regarding the "hostages" and "Russian threat" did not impress him too much.
“We do not see any imminent threat against any member of the alliance, but we see an increasingly self-confident Russian Federation that has used force against its neighbors,” he said, making it clear that he preferred a substantive conversation to propaganda chatter.
There is no doubt that this instruction is directly addressed to the American leader, who in recent times has been constantly convincing the Europeans that only the US will save them from the inevitable Russian aggression, and you have to pay for it.
That is, the NATO Secretary General hinted that not only would not, on behalf of the alliance, support the US claims against Germany, but he was also ready to oppose the American delegation if they tried to impose a forum agenda based on obvious and all weary distortions.
At the same time, we need to take into account that this is not talking about a change in the alliance’s attitude towards our country, but about growing irritation towards the American leader, who “got hold of” with his arrogance and blunt egocentrism. And Stoltenberg “put” him on the “Russian question” not out of sympathy for our country, but because here it is easiest to catch him with lies and contradictions.
In particular, the fact that the American president frightens his allies with the “Russian threat” and demands that the economic contacts with Moscow be stopped just before he goes to Helsinki to conclude a “separate peace” with Putin and negotiate mutually beneficial cooperation.
And this, admittedly, is a very bad sign for the United States. NATO Secretary Generals were always figures mostly nominal and acted as agents of American politics. And even verbal disagreement with the "American Pope" was out of the question.
It should also be noted that Donald Trump chose the most unfortunate of all possible behaviors at the summit.
Without a doubt, at a meeting with Vladimir Putin, he needs to act not just as the president of the United States, but also as the leader of a united Western world that enjoys the full and absolute support of the North Atlantic alliance.
In light of this, it would be reasonable at the current summit to avoid sharp corners and not actualize numerous internal contradictions, but to concentrate on the truly unifying issues, demonstrating the unity and solidarity of the bloc.
However, Trump, as we see, does the opposite. And even if he succeeds in "pushing the Germans" and those who support them, this victory will be Pyrrhic, since there will be no agreement or even his imitation of speech.
In any case, snide comments have already begun to appear in the western media space, such as “After Brussels, Trump goes to Helsinki to report to Putin about the collapse of NATO.”
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