EU's "Appointment in Samara" Fails -- LaRouche's Observations

19 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>EU's "Appointment in Samara" Fails-LaRouche's Observations</h1><p>May 19 (EIRNS)-The European Union-Russia summit in Samara, in south Russia, ended yesterday without significant results and in a tense atmosphere, in line with London policy. London counted on the results of the recent French elections to give them the freedom to promote the failure of the summit. Lyndon LaRouche commented that, "this is what I had meant, when I said recently that the states of Europe west of the Belarus and Russia borders, are rolling in the direction of becoming failed states. Their behavior at Samara, is an exhibition of exactly how that's working."</p><p>Russia had proposed joint ventures in aerospace, especially satellite technologies, joint development of a missile-defense system, and joint ventures with Russian firms in Europe, but EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel chose confrontation instead.</p><p>When Russia's Putin proposed cooperation in space, especially satellites, as reported by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency today, an arrogant EU Commission President Barroso told him that "it is very important that if you want to have close cooperation, that you understand that the EU is based on principles of solidarity," stating his own solidarity with Poland's view on its meat controversy with Russia, and with Estonia's "right to remove the [Bronze Soviet Soldier] monument." Putin responded bluntly and sarcastically: "What does the meat issue have to do with cooperation in space?"</p><p>At the concluding press conference yesterday afternoon, details of which are reported in German ( <em>Sueddeutsche Zeitung</em> , <em>Frankfurter Allgemeine</em> ) and other European press today, Putin lashed out against the EU for partiality to individual member states (like Poland) that want to link press freedom and human rights issues, with the issue of having or not having a strategic partnership agreement between EU and Russia. "There are other states where Guantanamo and the death penalty exist, and nobody is putting the strategic partnership with them in question," he said.</p><p>As reported by <em>RIA Novosti</em> prominently yesterday afternoon, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov left the Samara summit prematurely, flying to nearby Togliattigrad, to co-sign a joint venture between Russia's biggest carmaker AvtoVaz and Canada's Magna, for a $1.7 billion facility there for the production of 400,000 cars.</p></div></body>