PARIS, France – The accusations for Russia’s involvement in anti-government protests in France are based on Moscow’s attempts to weaken the European Union, as well as France itself, but the reality, as well as the structure of trade cooperation between the two countries, is the opposite, analysts say.
The Times has announced that hundreds of orders allegedly linked to Russia have appeared on Twitter, with more than 1,500 messages being published on a daily basis in order to “increase the volume of street protests” in France. In this regard, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security of France launched an investigation on this claim.
According to experts, there are many circles in the world that may be interested in the destabilization of Western European countries, and some of them may also be found in America. But when it comes to Russia, in order for the picture to become clearer, it is necessary to begin by explaining the current political and economic structure of cooperation between Moscow and Paris.
Polish political commentator Rafal Hvedoruk argues that Russia has no political interest in weakening the power of current French President Emanuel Macron because the Russian oligarchs depend to a large extent on the export of raw materials to Western Europe. Mikhail Obichkin, a professor at the International State University of International Relations in Moscow, agrees with such a claim, adding that with France, in spite of the problems that have been solved, a dialogue has actually been reached, and there are common political views.
Ultimately, this dialogue is reflected above all in the attitude of Syria, but also in cooperation in the fight against Islamic extremism. Although current cooperation is not at the level of those relations that existed at the time of Jacques Chirac or Frances Mitterrand after the Cold War, and even during the time of Nicolas Sarkozy, it is, however, better than when Francois Hollande was head or France.
Obichkin also claims that one who seeks a “Russian trail” in current events in France means that one does not understand the social reality, nor the instruments and principles of the society in France, just as the causes of its economic problems. It is therefore necessary to see to what extent the French companies have infiltrated the economy of Russia.
“French companies do not leave the Russian market, and French businessmen who are already engaged in Russia do not want to leave. Cooperation at that level is developing quite nicely. The main problem is US sanctions, and it does not matter if Macron or someone else is in power, because the matter is settled precisely between companies – they risk losing their positions in relations with the US and the US economic and banking system because they obviously do not have intend to leave the Russian market,” he said.
In addition, cooperation between Russia and France should not only be placed on a bilateral level, but also on other important issues of international security, and above all, when it comes to the situation in the Middle East. Consequently, Obychkin points out, the weakening of Macron in that segment does not go to Moscow.
But let’s return to the question of who, however, would go through this situation. According to the experts, the interest in the German-French plan to take over leadership in Europe fails, after the decision of Great Britain to leave the European Union, it can be seen in other centers of power in the West, and this is always thought of in America. Obicina, therefore, points out that it is extremely convenient for western politicians to use the floppiness: “Russia is guilty of everything.”
“In the context of Russia’s overall accusations, everyone is worthless to blame Moscow for everything they do not have an answer for. In the case of France, this attitude distances the essence of dialogue. In the context of the demonization of Russia and its citizens, the wider audience can get a completely wrong picture. Therefore, this topic needs to be considered within the framework of scientific circles, the European expert society and those that influence the public opinion, which are experts, just like the media dealing with Russian issues,” he concluded.
Russia’s official spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that this was the purest defamation, because Russia regards what is happening in France as purely its internal issue.