The President of the European Council is doing his best to spin an anti-Russian narrative. But on closer inspection, this narrative falls apart and should prompt even more skepticism about the EU’s agenda.
A commentary by Rachel Marsden
Earlier last week, Vasily Nebensia, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations Security Council, left the room during a “Speech on Peace and Security in Ukraine” by European Council President Charles Michel. “You can leave the room. Maybe it’s easier not to hear the truth, Mr. Ambassador,” the top EU official called smugly after him. But did Michel actually tell the truth in his speech?
In his remarks, which were presented in the press as a trigger for the ostentatious departure of Nebensia, Michel blamed Russia for an impending global famine.
“Russia alone is responsible for this food crisis, only Russia. Despite the Kremlin’s campaign of lies and disinformation. I saw it with my own eyes. A few weeks ago, millions of tons of grain and wheat were still stuck in containers and ships in Odessa on the Black Sea because of Russian warships and because of the Russian attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure‘ Michel claimed.
However, this claim is contradicted by the presence of Russian cargo ships reportedly looking for buyers for the Ukrainian grain. Ukraine and its western allies accuse Russia of “stealing” the grain. Moscow denies the allegations, claiming that Kyiv is obstructing these deliveries. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said:
“In order for the cargo to leave the ports, Mr. Zelensky must give the order, that’s all.”
So, on the one hand, Western officials are peddling the narrative that Russia is causing a food crisis by blocking grain shipments. On the other hand, they simultaneously complain that Russia is supplying grain to African developing countries, thus qualifying the grain as “stolen”. Do you want people to eat or not? Should people just starve while state officials argue over who can and cannot bring food from Ukraine?
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After all the resource-rich countries whose natural resources have been self-servingly appropriated in the wake of Western invasions, why is there a hand-wringing now when Moscow takes the initiative and supplies food products to other nations?
It seems that Ukraine itself is not very interested in this. According to Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, “the first priority is security, the second priority is security, and the third priority is security” and that “if this problem is not solved, if our country is not safe, no grain will go anywhere because safety is our top priority.”
It sounds a lot like Ukraine using food for extortion purposes to pressure the world to meet Ukraine’s military and economic demands, while Russia is relieving the world of that pressure through food shipments. However, Michel sees Russia as the bad guy in the game, “using food stocks as a weapon against developing countries” when the facts suggest the opposite.
Michel also accused Russia of committing “war crimes” and said the EU is “now helping to collect evidence of these crimes”. The Hague might want to call Michel and reclaim his job. Because I’m pretty sure that due process for war crimes allegations, which only the Hague Tribunal can decide, does not start with a predetermined finding or conclusion and then work backwards to confirm the very allegations that were made from the start stood in the room.
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Michel also said the EU “welcomes the actions of the International Court of Justice ordering Russia to immediately halt its military operations”. So what’s stopping EU member countries from halting their own military efforts — like training and arming Ukrainian soldiers — instead of urging Kyiv on a ceasefire?
The importance of an objective, due process is further underscored by Michel’s allegations against Russia. “As we speak, we hear reports of Russian forces using sexual violence as a weapon of war,” Michel said in his speech to the Security Council. Now, as you spoke, Mr. Charles Michel, the Ukrainian Parliament voted by a large majority to oust the Commissioner for Human Rights, Lyudmila Denisova, who had made patently false allegations of sexual violence by Russian troops. Apparently, however, Michel had not yet received the memo about this when he made his appearance and spat out these dubious allegations as facts, devoid of any skepticism that even Kyiv itself had shown on the subject.
Speaking of sexual violence, perhaps Michel could give us an update on the well-documented sexual violence against migrants trying to flee Libya to Europe after NATO and EU member states toppled that country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011?
Just last year, Amnesty International denounced “Europe’s shameful role in the forced repatriation” of migrants who “experienced appalling attacks, including sexual violence, against men, women and children after they were intercepted crossing the Mediterranean Sea and forcibly held in detention centers into Libya had been brought back”. That would be an existential issue that is definitely within Michel’s area of responsibility.
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He also stated that in Ukraine the EU is “working to fight human trafficking and protect people fleeing war”. Judging by the human trafficking situation in Libya, when they are not creating the best conditions for human traffickers by destabilizing their countries, EU member countries and their allies are busy putting out their own fires.
Michel’s speech to the UN Security Council is the unfortunate result of wishful thinking, ideology and a lack of self-reflection that prevents a reasonable and measured view of objective reality. The fact that Western officials like Michel are attempting to drag their citizens into this carefully constructed hall of mirrors should make anyone even more skeptical about their agenda.
Translated from English.
Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and presenter of an independently produced French-language program aired on Sputnik France. Her website can be found at rachelmarsden.com.
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