February 27, 2015

ICDS Director Bryza on Why The West Is Losing The Information War with Russia — for PISM in Warsaw

In theory, the West should be able to defeat Russia decisively in the so-called information war regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and before that, of Georgia. In practice, however, the West has decided not to fight at all.

In theory, the West should be able to defeat Russia decisively in the so-called information war regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and before that, of Georgia. In practice, however, the West has decided not to fight at all.

The truth about what Russia is doing in Ukraine is plain for anyone to see, if they wish to see the truth.
President Putin’s continuous and ridiculous denials that Russia is directly involved in the hybrid war against Ukraine should be sufficient to deny him any credibility as a negotiating partner of Western leaders. EU leaders insult themselves by failing to state publicly that the advanced weapons used separatists in Donbass, and which shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, are not available on any market and cannot be operated without extensive training by their Russian manufacturers.
Nor do European leaders choose to stress that the leaders of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics have been active duty officers of Russia’s security services.
Instead, the leaders of Germany and France bolstered the legitimacy of President Putin’s outrageous lies by inviting him to negotiations on a peace he has no interest in pursuing. Moreover, the Western European leaders forced Ukraine to accept Putin’s demand that the ceasefire not begin for two extra days so that Russian military forces could help Ukrainian separatists capture a strategic railroad juncture in Debaltseve. Worst of all, Merkel and Hollande caved into Putin’s demand that Russia not even be mentioned as a party to the conflict in Ukraine in this latest Minsk agreement.
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