Ukraine War, July 8, 2022: West shuns Russia at G-20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali; Defense of Ukraine is as vital as the defense of Berlin during Cold War

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1) Patrick Wintour, “G20–Lavrov walks out of G20 talks after denying Russia is causing food crisis; Russian foreign minister accuses the west of frenzied criticism over his country’s invasion of Ukraine,” The Guardian, July 8, 2022 (12.13 BST);

2) Michael Crowley, “Russia’s Lavrov Is Pariah at Group of 20 Event, but Only for Some; Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and other Western foreign ministers refused to meet with the Russian diplomat, but for many others it was business as usual,” New York Times, July 8, 2022 (1:26 p.m. ET);

3) Daniel Wetzel, “Baerbock setzt auf weitgehende Isolierung Russlands bei G-20-Treffen,” Die Welt, den 7. Juli 2022;

4) John Kornblum und Rüdiger Lentz, “Es scheinen bereits geheime Konsultationen zur Beendigung des Krieges zu laufen,” Die Welt, den 8. Juli 2022;


The West shunned Russia and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the G-20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali (Indonesia) on July 7-8, 2022.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin threatened that Russia had not even gotten started being serious in its war with Ukraine. Crowley reported,

“Everyone should know that by and large we haven’t started anything yet in earnest,” he said. “At the same time, we don’t reject peace talks. But those who reject them should know that the further it goes, the harder it will be for them to negotiate with us.”

Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov doubled down on the threats on Friday, saying that only “a small part” of Russia’s “great” military potential was currently being used in Ukraine.

NATO could have just as easily threatened Putin by saying it had overwhelming weapons and force it could bring to bear in the conflict, too.

Kornblum and Lenz consider the broader context and stakes in the war in the Ukraine, concluding that the defense of Ukraine is as critical for the future as the defense of Berlin was during the Cold War, which was backed by threats to use nuclear weapons if necessary to defend the city.

Their article highlights what are said to be secret discussions going on between France, Germany and other allies about what a negotiated settlement of the war might look like.

What indeed might a negotiated settlement look like?

As they examine the realities, Kornblum and Lenz conclude that such a settlement is not likely any time soon, and give the reasons why.

Just as there were politicians in Britain in the spring of 1940 who were earnestly in favor of a negotiated settlement with Adolf Hitler, there are those in France, Germany and the West who seek such a resolution to the Ukraine conflict today.

Fortunately for the course of history, Winston Churchill strongly opposed any talk of such a settlement. And the British people strongly supported Churchill, who became prime minister on May 10, 1940, just as Germany was overrunning Belgium and the Netherlands and preparing for an imminent invasion of France.

The West is stuck with the leaders it has: Macron and Biden, but not necessarily Scholz.

The West awaits a leader of Churchill’s extraordinary qualities and determination to oppose fascist aggression.

Strong leaders have appeared in Lithuania and Ukraine, but not yet in Germany, France, Britain, or the United States.

The Trenchant Observer


See also,

Only force can stop Putin

“Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2922 .


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