With similar intent was stressed in declaring that Russia had used a disproportionate force in the conflict with Georgia, although this has been inspired by the also disproportionate offensive by NATO against Serbia in 1999. Maintain or enhance the Russian discomfort, but find land of understanding and mutual benefit, forgetting the rooted prejudices of the cold war – which still European States which were members of the Warsaw Pact as sensitive are shown – and opening new possibilities for dialogue, cooperation and mutual understanding are not interested in the European Union. The question, however, is not bilateral. The understanding that should facilitate relations between Russia and the European Union cannot lose sight of United States. It is the triangle thus formed where, after the nightmare of the Bush era, they must redefine the most appropriate policies to lower the tensions that often arise as if they were replicas of the earthquake that was the cold war. The change that will occur in Washington, with the arrival of the new President, can facilitate things, although also complicate them.
If Obama seeks, as announced, to take into account the international community before taking decisions of importance relating to this again, they could pave many of the obstacles that still exist between Brussels and Moscow. But if, under the mask of the possible change they still dominate the old instincts of historical imperialism in Washington, tensions will be exacerbated. More to NATO (with its tendency to spread toward Russian borders) or United States (with his useless anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic), it would be for Europe, located in the faithful in the traditional balance where you have tended to deal with Russia and the United States, exert the necessary pressure so that the change was really possible in the field of international relations. Up to the fight against international terrorism would be very beneficiary if it so happens. Alberto Piris General of artillery in the original book author and source of the article.