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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump’s US-Russia Thaw A Chance for Europe to Find its Place in the World’: Analysis

US President-elect Donald Trump
French political analyst Caroline Galacteros said that if US President-elect Donald Trump manages to normalize ties between Moscow and Washington, this will change the global geopolitical environment.
In this situation, Europe would get a historic chance to find its place in this new world, Galacteros wrote in a piece for Le Figaro.
Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election became a shock of global magnitude for many Western leaders and media. However, this victory is not the beginning of an “era of uncertainty” as it was described by French President Francois Hollande, Galacteros said.
According to her, Europe should welcome the next American president and the French government should reaffirm its readiness to develop bilateral ties.
“The American fundamental geopolitical principles will not disappear after Trump’s inauguration because these principles are trans-partisan. What will change are the style and the methods of Washington’s foreign policy,” the article read.
Moreover, Galacteros suggested that Trump’s entourage will probably have a more realistic vision of global politics.
Paris should use the situation to establish a European structure of security and defense, which should also involve Russia, she wrote.
According to the author, Donald Trump wants to cooperate with Russia to defeat the Daesh or ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, “and this is good news for Europe”.
Since 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called for cooperation with the West on counterterrorism efforts. If Trump made the decision to cooperate in fact this would mean the “end of the policy of chaos and destabilization” in the Middle East, the article read.
Moreover, joint military efforts against terrorists by Moscow and Washington would lead to diplomatic efforts.
“The choice of the American people is promising. The ’empire’ is not dead. It is rising from the ashes. […] The scope of these changes will depend on Washington’s policy towards Russia as well as the West’s ability to put an end to the Russia-related nightmares of the Cold War,” Galacteros wrote.
However, she noted, there will be those in Washington and Brussels insisting on running the “policy of ostracism” against Russia.
“Whatever russophobic politicians say, Russia is at the end of the West and at the end of Europe. […] Europe and France are in flames. We need a cognitive, intellectual and even moral rupture to integrate Russia back into the European camps, instead of pushing it to China’s embraces,” the article read.
Source: Sputnik

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