Foreign media digest 22 of July 2014

Brzezinski proposed a model, which, as he said, could help to return to global order and may rest on the relationship between the United States and China.
Foreign Policy
He thinks the notion of a united Europe was very understandable in the immediate wake of World War II. But then visionary European statesmen faded away. Where are the fathers of Europe that really believe in the European identity? Who are the Europeans? You go to Paris or you go to Portugal, you go to Poland, and you ask, who are you people? They’ll tell you, we’re Portuguese, we’re Spanish, we’re Polish. Who are the people that are really European? The people in Brussels, in the EU bureaucracy. Europe has not been able to move to the level of patriotic identification with the concept. Geopolitics now turns into new format – G-2 plus, and China, which is one of the poles, try to avoid being included into another pole’s problems – US. The absence of an ideological collision between US and the Chinese is what differentiates both of us together from our conflict with the Soviet Union. “In both cases, there was intense antagonism, in part because of conventional geopolitical reasons, but in part also because of profoundly conflictive ideological aspirations.”

The Kremlin’s Machiavelli is revealed as a reckless gambler leading his country into economic and political isolation.
Financial Times:
“The Russian authorities now face a very difficult choice. If they co-operate with an international investigation into the MH17 atrocity, the results are likely to be extremely embarrassing. But if they block the investigation, shelter behind conspiracy theories or even send troops into eastern Ukraine, they will encourage an even fiercer international backlash,” Rachman writes. Besides economic isolation, “political isolation also looms,” he underlines. “By allowing himself to be sucked into an unnecessary and destructive confrontation with the west, Mr Putin is also engaging with the wrong problem,” the author continues. “For all Moscow’s paranoia about Nato, the real strategic challenge to Russia is the rise of China.”

The author thinks without Russian elite, Putin would be nothing. The US and Europe need to follow their assets.
The Wall Street Journal:
Popularity and capital flight are rarely considered together, but they hold the key to Putinism, the former Reuters correspondent Oliver Bullough writes for The Wall Street Journal. He gives ordinary Russians stability and television (heavy with propaganda), while their rulers get the right to strong-arm their way to riches and keep the money safely abroad. Bullough advices Western authorities to follow the assets: the yachts, the mansions, the estates, the professional sports teams – most owned via Western shell companies and funded via Western banks. “It is here that the West has the leverage it needs, if it wants to solve the Putin problem before something even worse happens than the downing of Flight 17,” the article writes.

As for deploying UN peacekeeping mission, Steinmeier said, “this bill should be signed by every country, including Russia, and it is impossible at the present moment.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in an interview with the Bild newspaper told new sanctions “had an impact on Russia before the final decision was made.” Capital flight, the economic blow, sanctions – that’s what we have now and Russia is already paying a high price for its policy,” the minister underlines. “Despite everything, the German diplomat believes that it is necessary to increase the pressure on Moscow,” he said.

“The Dutch press has revealed that the Russian Rosoboronexport arms supplier, exporter Buk missile system, which brought down the flight MH17, took advantage of the tax benefits of small European country to sell sophisticated weapons systems to dictators like Muammar Gaddafi.
«It is quite possible that administrative-legal export procedure of Buk rocket system was managed and validated from Rosoboronexport subsidiary in Amsterdam,” Fernando Heller retells the article in De Volkskrant newspaper. The article in De Volkskrant is entitled “Supplier of the rocket is headquartered in Zuidas”, Zuidas is located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the author explains. De Volkskrant refers to a thorough investigation of the Dutch web “925”.

Echoes of informational war in European newspapers. EU is responsible for deaths of 298 Malaysia Airlines passengers
“It was the European Union who supported and encouraged Ukraine to sign an agreement on “economic association” in June, which led to a civil war between people of Ukraine and Russia, who live in the same country,” the article writes. “EU fomented a rupture of a fragile coexistence between two nations, who are forced to live in the same borders, and had no intention to wage a war until an external agent decided to change a centuries-old history,” the author writes.
The Guardian:
Professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck Gerhard Mangott: Ukrainian authorities must also do something for crisis regulation.
Der Standard:
It must not escape our attention, the Ukrainian government consists of only two Ukrainian-nationalists parties. It is not helpful when “the large majority of ministers comes from the Western Ukraine” “Ukraine needs a government of a national unity, where all the regions and most of the political forces will be represented,” the author is sure. Moreover, Ukrainian authorities need to “keep their promise to give autonomy to certain regions.” “It is more likely Russia will choose to negotiate, of course provided that Ukrainian government will do the same.”