Demonization of Russia to save EU from break-up?
European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), an independent think-tank" published a report, which says that Russia will continue to divide Europe and to pursue "an increasingly aggressive foreign policy".
According to authors of this paper, the growth of Russian economy will remain sluggish up to 2030 and beyond, averaging around 1 percent per year. However, Russia will conduct "small victorious wars" to establish itself as a great power. Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, as well as Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will be the prime targets of Russian military force. The report notes that Europe should maintain sanctions against Russia, but at the same time to use dialogue to make the relationship more predictable.
The report also slams "Russian aggression" against NATO members and their allies, despite the numerous statements of Moscow that it intends to build a political dialogue with NATO on the principles of consensus and equal rights.
The anti-Russian tendency of the report of ECFR is determined by the by the objectives of the establishment of this think-tank. These are "the achievement of common European values and strengthening EU's influence." The organization was established in October 2007 and already made a significant number of analyses of "the imminent collapse of Russia" and its "expansionist policy" of annexing Europe. However, over nine years of existence of ECFR its estimates didn't realize.
The fact that the founder of European Council on Foreign Relations is George Soros is also suspect. Significantly, one of priorities of this think-tank is "to bring to Europe and all over the world the idea of George Soros which is open society". We can hardly speak about the veracity of researches of the organization, which is funded by the ideologist of "colour revolutions".
Western politicians, public figures, the media are actively pursuing a course of demonizing Russia and creating "enemy image" of Moscow. Thus, EU is trying to consolidate their members against the "potential threat". This step is quite understandable because European countries question the need for the existence of the European Union, and Brexit is a very obvious example.