Fort Russ guest analyst, Dr. Eduard Popov, interviews German geopolitical commentator, Felix Aleman:
Eduard Popov: How do different political movements in Germany view the campaign against Russia initiated by London? How much is the official position of the EU supported by the ruling coalition in Germany?
Felix Aleman: Most political parties in Germany support the pro-NATO and anti-Russian campaign. With the exception of AfD (Alternative for Germany – the only big party which is striving to defend the interests of the German people) and some other smaller groups (among them also old-school Communists). Germany is not a sovereign state, and has to bow to EU policies. Nevertheless, the official stance of the German government has not been particularly hostile or aggressive compared to other EU-countries.
Popov: How do you assess the prospects of the conflict breaking out between Russia and the EU? What diplomatic, political, and economic consequences could such have?
Aleman: Atlanticism/Globalism are trying to divide Western Europe and Russia, because they know that a continental (Eurasian) alliance would endanger their hegemonic aspirations. Pitting Western Europe against Russia is a geopolitical tactic to keep EU countries under control. We are experiencing a new version of the Cold War. And there are also “hot wars” going on between the Globalists (whose military is represented by NATO) and the Multipolarists (represented by Russia), the main fronts being Syria and Ukraine. In the West, mass media constantly demonize Russia’s political stances in order to “legitimize” their sanctions and expulsion of diplomats. Some voices suggest that their goal is to expel Russia from the UN Security Council in order to force a direct aggression on Syria (which Russia has been blocking).
Popov: Could this conflict lead to a military confrontation between Russia and NATO? In Russia, there is more and more talk of this. What about Germany and, in general, the EU?
Aleman: I don’t think a direct conflict between Russia and NATO is plausible at the present moment, but unfortunately there are people working in this direction. Most people in Germany and other EU countries do not approve of this, but the mass media always tries to manipulate such in an anti-Russian direction.
Popov: Russia is worried about the growing infrastructure of NATO and the US near its western borders. Do people in Germany feel anxious about the prospects of a clash with Russia on the territory of the Baltic states and Poland (where the new NATO battalions have recently been deployed)?
Aleman: Unfortunately, most Germans, and Westerners in general, do not see or understand the international tension and geopolitical dangers, because for decades they have been “brainwashed” by TV programs, football, and the entertainment industry. But now, many people are slowly starting to wake up. That’s why the official mass media have launched their so-called “fake news” campaign. They are afraid that the people are starting to question some things that the establishment tells them.
Popov: What do you think about the threat of US tactical nuclear weapons in Germany? Because in this case, Germany, as well as Poland and Romania, would eventually be the target of Russian missiles aimed at US nuclear weapons. How would it be possible to eliminate or at least minimize this threat?
Aleman: A direct military confrontation between NATO and Russia, with nuclear weapons exchanged in between, would be a very destructive war, and this needs to be avoided. First of all, it is important that the German people and other Westerners realize this danger. Then it will be possible to put some pressure on EU governments to stop this military escalation and work in a constructive direction in order to have good diplomatic and cooperative relations between Russia and the West.
Popov: Thank You very much!
Eduard Popov is a Rostov State University graduate with a PhD in history and philosophy. In 2008, he founded the Center for Ukrainian Studies of the Southern Federal University of Russia, and from 2009-2013, he was the founding head of the Black Sea-Caspian Center of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, an analytical institute of the Presidential Administration of Russia. In June 2014, Popov headed the establishment of the Representative Office of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Rostov-on-Don and actively participated in humanitarian aid efforts in Donbass. In addition to being Fort Russ’ guest analyst since June, 2016, Popov is currently the leading research fellow of the Institute of the Russian Abroad and the founding director of the Europe Center for Public and Information Cooperation.