From our correspondent
oxford – The image that went down in history is an image Chris PattenAnd The last ruler From Hong Kong, he received the Union Flag in his hands, lowered and rolled the British flag, on the day of the colony’s passage to China. today Lord Pattenafter a very long walk saw him in it too European Commissionis Rector of Oxford University and remains one of the most interested observers of global scenarios.
Xi Jinping just announced his visit to Moscow: What game is Beijing playing in the Russia-Ukraine conflict?
Their goals are muddled, but they are determined to ensure the Communist Party’s continued monopoly on power. On the one hand, they say Putin is their best friend, but on the other hand they are incredibly worried about being seen as his accomplices: so they have to walk a tightrope. But collusion can take many forms: While they don’t want to be seen as an overt supporter of Russia, they have a strong interest in embarrassing America, separating it from Europe, and undermining America’s standing in the world. They are in a difficult situation, which they tried to hide through their so-called peace initiative: but what they do not admit is that this war was started by Russia and that the Ukrainians will not give up their lands to Russia.
Does Beijing have domestic concerns, too?
a?? What would have happened with the Russian invasion, is in itself a real weakness. Perhaps they fail to understand that people will fight against all expectations for freedom and democracy: perhaps it is beyond their understanding. There was a major intelligence failure on their part.
You had to deal directly with Vladimir Putin: what impression did you get from that?
“Putin is one of the most obnoxious people I have ever met. The first time was in 1999, at an EU-Russia summit where Prodi and I represented the Commission. That morning, while we were waiting, there was news of the bombing of agencies in Grozny, the Chechen capital. : So we asked Putin, he said he didn’t know and would inquire. At lunch he told us that he was a special target of Chechen fighters, and that he was carrying weapons that exploded on the way. But at that moment the agencies were announcing that Russian helicopters attacked Grozny: the point is not that Putin was lying to us He was even lying to us knowing we knew it.I met him several more times and it confirmed my first impression: he is a terrible liar.
Attitude comes from afar.
Â “The more I got to know about him, the more I realized Putin wasn’t just a KGB officer: he’s someone who learned his trade in the 1970s as a KGB liaison in Dresden with the Baader-Meinhof gang (terrorists of the extreme). Left): He was responsible for the KGB’s financing of the Baader-Meinhof gang.”
From the very beginning, the master of covert operations.
Even here in Britain, while he didn’t kill people outright, he was compliant. Not only is there a Litvinenko case, there have been many unexplained deaths among those who were his critics: dying suddenly of a heart attack or committing unlikely suicides. Putin is a man evil.
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