Andrey Piontkovsky: two Western countries that "were not interested in Putin's defeat"
Journalist Andrey Piontkovsky listed the European countries that were initially opposed to Ukraine winning the war with the Russian Federation.
Russian political scientist Andrey Piontkovsky, in a dialogue with Mark Feygin, openly stated that among European states, there were those whose ruling elite did not support Ukraine at the beginning of the war because they were not interested in losing the Russian Federation.
Well-known blogger Mark Feygin asked his interlocutor why there had been talking of peace talks for so long instead of real military assistance for Ukraine, to which the Russian oppositionist replied:
“There were objective reasons. It was not of a personal nature. Both Germany and France were not interested in Ukraine's victory and Putin's defeat from the beginning."
Andrey Piontkovsky also explained the reasons for their position:
"For French presidents, Putin is a central partner. The essence of such a partnership is in a common position against the United States and the desire to act as mediators in relations between the Russian Federation and the United States: "With the fall of the Kremlin, this French function is lost."
"The Germans are more pragmatic. From relations with the Kremlin, they had huge economic benefits. And not only in terms of the national economy but also in terms of personal character. Gerhard Schroeder is a classic example. Here are objective grounds, much calmer, and readiness for compromise. But everyone is fed up with Putin."