The #Russian-#Ukrainian #war took an abrupt turn recently. In his address to the #Russian Federal Assembly on Tuesday, #Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the West of using Ukraine to aim at Russia "to transform the local conflict into a global confrontation." This coincided with the surprise visit paid by US President Joe #Biden to Ukraine before he held talks with the Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. In response to Putin's remarks, #Biden stood firm on pledging more support to Ukraine.
In the meantime, the pro-Ukraine European countries maintain an intransigent and uncompromising official position, increasing supplies of equipment and cutting-edge military weapons to Ukraine, in addition to the US political, moral and logistical support.
One year into the #war, #Western_countries should deal with the crisis from a logical and realistic perspective. They should work towards peace rather than fuelling the flames of #war whose ripple effects are spreading far beyond the battlefield to European countries and communities, threatening the safety and security of European citizens.
A report published last week by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research in Germany concluded that the losses incurred by the German economy due to the #Ukrainian #war would amount to €600 billion by the end of 2023. The losses per capita are expected to reach €2000, according to the latest data on the German GDP, in addition to a 40% increase in energy prices. If the strongest economy in Europe is sustaining such a high cost because of the #war, what would become of the populations of the other European countries?
Therefore, I call upon the leaders and heads of European states and the United Kingdom to reverse course because if they keep pursuing the same path, this would entail serious risks and devastating consequences for the people and economies of their countries. Don't help fuel a #war driven by foreign agendas with costly repercussions for the Ukrainians, and for your peoples and states.
In hindsight, it would have been possible to anticipate matters and implement an international mechanism to find a solution for the #Russian-#Ukrainian crisis with the least possible damage, sparing the innocent #Ukrainian people the state of misery and homelessness that they suffer. This could be achieved by responding to the concerns of the warring parties and avoiding provocative actions such as the plans to establish #NATO military bases on the #Russian borders.
It goes without saying that these provocative actions would stir up the anger of the #Russian Bear that would spare no effort and use all available means, including strategic and conventional nuclear weapons, to defend what it considers its right to security and sovereignty. Things, as they seems, do not bode well. And if the escalation continues, it will lead to an all-out global nuclear #war.
Therefore, I call upon the leaders and heads of the European states and the United Kingdom to learn lessons from the negative repercussions of the #war on their countries and the world in general. The number of Ukrainians fleeing the #war has exceeded tens of millions. Europeans are living in panic with the alarming rise in unemployment rates and the skyrocketing prices of basic needs such as fuel, electricity and food.
The European and British peoples were fortunate because the winter season in Europe was not as cold as usual. Thus, their needs for heating diminished enabling them to spend less money on energy sources whose prices soared to unprecedented levels due to Russia's cutting its supplies of oil and gas to their countries. Do the leaders realise that their ultimate responsibility is to ensure a decent and secure life for their people and not to endanger their security? How would they justify for their electoral bases that their people's fate hinges upon the developments on the #Russian-#Ukrainian front?
Worst of all, are European states ready to engage in a devastating third-world #war with dire consequences worldwide? As the #war enters its second year, our greatest fear is that it will escalate further and get out of control with unspeakable repercussions. Then it will be no use crying over spilt milk.
This is an open letter to European and British leaders. Work for the interests of your people and homelands. Look at their suffering. Stop funding foreign agendas with your money and the assets of your people. Let your priority be to end this #war. Invest your best efforts in pursuing reconciliation and agreement between the Russians and Ukrainians rather than sending arms supplies and boosting one party over the other. Beware of the consequences of going too far in fuelling the conflict, as this would backfire, and you would be the first to lose with all the damages it entails.
The European peoples have stood firm out of humanitarian feelings and compassion for others; however, they are reeling under the weight of the miserable economic and living conditions. Will they keep silent while you pursue your absurd policies? A responsible leader must work first and foremost for the interests and comfort of his people. He shall not make his citizens pay the price for his mistakes and adventures.
Today you are putting the interests of others over those of your own countries. Be the pioneers of peace and stand as a strong barrier against those who seek to undermine and destroy you. The conflict's toll has risen to hundreds of thousands of victims and tens of millions of innocent homeless people, not to mention the destruction that exceeded all expectations.
I call upon you to work for a sincere and long-term #Russian-#Ukrainian reconciliation, and I am confident that both parties would welcome this effort. There are no winners in wars, and the biggest losers are those who engage in conflicts instead of working to put out their flames.