Russian dissidents are urging the West to crack down on President Vladimir Putin. They say it is in the West’s interest to adopt a more decisive strategy against the Kremlin. Otherwise, the West will have to pay more in the future.
Ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, and ahead of a Biden-Putin meeting scheduled for June 16 in Geneva, opponents of the Russian leader are pushing for a more direct Western strategy to punish the Kremlin for cracking down on dissent in Russia.
“The burden of Russian change is on the shoulders of the Russians. It is monumental. This is dangerous, “said Vladimir Ashurkov, chief executive of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was founded by Alexei Navalny.
“But there are several measures that the West can and should take to create more opportunities for change, and to move this forward not out of altruism but out of self-interest.” Ashurkov’s call was published in the Times of London.
Western nations have accused the Kremlin of meddling in US and European elections and launching disinformation campaigns aimed at political and social divisions in NATO countries. The Kremlin has also been accused of cyber-attacks and deliberate killings of Putin’s opponents in Europe. The Kremlin denies the allegations.
Russian Democrat leader Vladimir Kara-Murza, who writes in the Washington Post, said that changing Russia is a matter for the Russians, but that “politically motivated arrests violate Moscow’s international obligations – and this week the number of political prisoners [რომელიც საბჭოთა კავშირის ბოლო პერიოდის რიცხვს უკვე აჭარბებს] Even increased.
Ahead of next week’s Biden-Putin meeting, Russian dissidents were addressed as the German Internal Intelligence Agency warned that the Kremlin had increased covert intervention in Germany to Cold War-level levels. Thomas Holdenwang, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told the Times in London that Moscow had “allocated a large number of agents” to “establish contacts with political decision-makers” and that Germany was becoming increasingly targeted by Russian intelligence, disinformation and lobbying campaigns.
The head of German foreign intelligence, Bruno Kalma, said that Russia and China were using all means to sow discord among Western countries. He said that the tactics of these countries are becoming more rude and ruthless than before.
Last year, German federal prosecutors charged a Russian citizen with deliberately killing a Georgian rebel fighter in Berlin, saying Moscow had ordered the killing. The German government has expelled two Russian diplomats for the assassination of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, an ethnic Chechen Georgian who fought against Russia in Chechnya II and the Russia-Georgia war.
“We would have chosen to have a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told the media in Washington. We have made this clear. “But we have also made it clear that if Russia chooses to act aggressively or irresponsibly towards us or our allies and partners, we will respond.”
Blinken said Biden met with Putin “not because of this aggression, not because of the attacks, but because of this, to tell him directly and clearly what to expect from the United States if aggressive, irresponsible actions against us continue.”
He refused to indicate whether he was optimistic about the outcome of the planned meeting.
Last month, the Biden administration received criticism from Russian dissidents and their Western backers for lifting US sanctions on companies that cut off the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
On Monday, Blinken told a congressional panel that the $ 11 billion gas pipeline would be completed by Faith Company. [შემდგარი ფაქტი] Was, but said the administration would be held accountable if the Kremlin tried to use the pipeline as a political tool. Several US administrations opposed the construction of North Stream 2 because they feared it would increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia.
95 percent of the pipeline is completed and it will allow Russia to supply gas to the Western European market, bypassing Ukraine, which will deprive Ukraine of its transit tax. Last week, as soon as he announced that the gas pipeline project would be completed within months, Putin threatened to cut off Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. At an international economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said that gas supplies from the former Soviet republic would depend on “goodwill” towards Moscow.