Putin lowers price and uses useful idiots
Pierre Lellouche (72), former French Secretary of State for European Integration and Foreign Trade in 2009-2010, calls the conflict with Russia a mistake
"Everything would have been different if a compromise on Ukraine's status had been reached before this conflict. Ukraine's neutral status is an existential issue for Russia. The mistake that most strategists have recognized for decades is to disregard Russia's position."
“Has the Kremlin cut its price and gone after the "old guys"? Or, on the contrary, has it decided to expand the range of lobbyists and is buying up all available ones?”
And the trend is already obvious: Russia is using all available sources (yes, including our internal ones) to throw out statements: "Putin didn't want anything excessive, only Ukraine's neutrality, it was Ukraine's fault for wanting to join NATO." The lie is obvious and easily verifiable - but very few users check the statements and look for publications from just 2 years ago. Almost no one abroad considers it necessary at all, the current statements are perceived as a "well-known fact".
From 2004 to 2006, Lellouche chaired the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, after Tuzla but before Georgia.
In 2006, former Ukraine's President Yushchenko awarded him the Order of Merit II degree, "for strengthening the authority and positive image of Ukraine in the world, popularizing its historical and modern achievements."
In 2017, he retired from politics.
Since 2020, he has been a regular commentator on the French national channel CNews (like Simonyan for Solovyov on Russia 1).
In 2022, he stated that Crimea would remain Russian because no one would go to war for Ukraine.
In 2023, he asked whether it was time to think about getting out of this war.Source
About the author. Oleksiy Holobutskyi, political scientist
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