Written by Piero Messina
P9_TA(2024)0079: this is a code to remember. It is the acronym of the resolution of the European Parliament, voted on 8 February. With this decision, Brussels has decided to “ban any entity that has direct or indirect relations with the Russian government”, a procedure that the EU intends to continue with the recommendation of “closer cooperation with NATO”.
Brussels reaches this decision after years of analysis on the topic of Russiagate, a dossier that supports accusations of Russian interference in the democratic processes of the European Union. For the European Parliament, “foreign interference is a systemic threat that must be countered with determination, hybrid warfare and the manipulation of information and foreign interference are not only issues of foreign policy and security, but actually threaten the real basis of our democracies”.
On a theoretical level it is even understandable. On the other hand, in Brussels they certainly have full awareness of how the democratic nature of a country can be manipulated. It is history that reminds us of this. Evoking closer collaboration with NATO can only take us back to the Cold War era, when to control Western democracies, NATO set up a powerful clandestine network: Stay Behind. That network enveloped Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Belgium, Switzerland and even Australia, who knows why.
The mission of Stay Behind was simple and clear: it consisted of the organization of a secret network (not necessarily of a military type) intended to remain in place (stay in English), even in the event of enemy occupation which forces regular military forces to abandon the field, taking action to operate within one’s own country behind enemy lines (behind enemy lines in English). Preparation consists in the creation of weapons stocks and the training of volunteers deemed to be highly reliable, recruited from civil society, ready to take action for tasks such as the recovery of information for intelligence purposes, propaganda to strengthen the sense of resistance among the population, sabotage, preparation of a surprise attack, support for military operations (such as the recovery of downed pilots), kidnapping or elimination of key people, aiding and abetting insurrections up to a coup d’état .
Brussels’ move, therefore, is a total closure with the Eurasian world, a leap back thirty years for a new Cold War and probably not just a cold one. The main concern of the European bureaucracy is aimed at the 2024 elections, when the European Parliament will be renewed and everything suggests a landslide victory for the “sovereign” forces.
For Brussels, in fact, “the Kremlin manages a large network of agents of influence throughout the EU, who have influenced electoral processes and policies on fundamental strategic issues such as energy infrastructure; whereas these agents of influence actively target all areas of public life, in particular culture, historical memory, the media and religious communities, as well as politicians and their families; that dozens of investigations have demonstrated links between important European political and public actors, active or retired.”
The report that marks the end of any relationship between Brussels and Moscow also contains a list of the “bad guys”. In the sights of the European Parliament, and this is nothing new, are Marine Le Pen’s party (for a loan of EUR 9.4 million in 2013), the German AFD party (reported as winning by all political polls) and Matteo Salvini’s League in Italy. Former German Prime Minister Gerhard Schröder is also accused of obtaining “blood-stained” money from Moscow. The reference is to Schröder’s role in the company that manages the Nordtsream gas pipeline. The deputy reader Tatiana Ždanoka also ended up in the crosshairs, believed to be a spy in the service of Russian intelligence. Zdanoka was accused of having established relationships with agents of the Russian secret service. To the journalists of the Insider site Zdanoka replied that “I can testify that the only people with whom I have sat at the same table, and with the certain knowledge that they are/were Russian FSB officers, are Vladimir Putin and Sergei Naryshkin” and that “I cannot consider this text to be questions put to me because it is based on information that you supposedly have, which by definition, you should not have.”
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