This isn’t really an essay, I was just trying to be funny. Basically, this is a review of these two pieces: this one on the Ukraine; and this one about Estonia. Both linked by the common theme of what it means to those two countries, to be neighbors with Russia.
But first let’s look at the opposite of Good Neighborliness. A commenter on Mark Chapman’s blog “Kremlin Stooge” posted this very interesting link to a piece that analyzes Washington DC’s plan to destroy and dismember the Russian Federation. Not very nice! The plan involves turning all of Russia’s neighbors against it and inciting whatever tensions might be already present. For example, if there are tensions between religious groups, then have a go at that. Like, support Muslims against Christians. Or vice versa, whichever seems more effective in getting people at each others throats. The author of the piece points out how the Westie propagandists don’t even care what they are saying any more, or even pretending to have an actual policy that doesn’t contain glaring logical contradictions. For example, they will rile up Chinese people living in the Russian Far East, telling them this land should be theirs; and then simultaneously rile the Russians up about the Yellow Peril. Dudes, pick a side!
Is this an example of Good Neighborliness? I reckon not. Well, not that America is technically (physically) neighbors with Russia anyhow. But America regards the whole world as its backyard and rightful property. Besides, in this modern world the nuclear-tipped rocket is neighbors with everyone.
Okay, regardless of one’s political views, I think we can all agree that a neighbor who tries to bust up your family, steal all your stuff, and then kill you, is not really a good neighbor.
So, what does constitute a good neighbor?
Savchenko: We need to normalize relations with Russia.
Ukrainian Maidan activist Nadezhda Savchenko has evolved full circle from Hero to Traitor within her own country. She has seen the inside of both Russian and Ukrainian prisons. She is a Deputy of the Ukrainian Rada (Parliament), and is an intractable enemy of President Poroshenko. One can assume that she is happy (more or less, if there is anything that can make this woman happy) that Poroshenko was defeated in the election; and she has issued her manifesto with advice for the incoming President Zelensky. In an interview with the TV channel NewsOne, Nadia blamed “brainless politicians” for the “abnormal” relations between the two neighbors, Russia and the Ukraine:
“We need to understand that, on the geopolitical plane, every nation in the world attempts, without war, without conflicts, to have influence over its neighbors. And this is perfectly correct in regard to that nation’s national interests. America does it, Russia does it. What I wanted to explain is how brainless politicians, greedy for power, absolutely not thinking about their own people or about the situation in the world and in society, started to shatter and break this relationship.”
Nadia expressed hope that the new government can do something to fix this broken tie. Back in Russia, Vladimir Dzhabarov, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, heard Savchenko and commented on her statement:
“Russia has done everything possible to support the Ukrainian economy and our good neighborly relations. It was the Ukrainian politicians themselves who destroyed everything. Of course, it is much easier to break something, than to build something. Fixing this will take enormous effort…”
Kersti Kaljulaid: We expressed our mutual respect.
Last week Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid returned home (like, 2 minutes away) after meeting with Russian President Putin, oh wait, that was in Moscow not Petersburg, so more than 2 minutes away, nonetheless…
Kersti is actually an attractive woman, a tall and lean Finno-Ugric person with beautiful clear skin, although that pixie haircut does her no favors. Nonetheless, she has tried to be a good neighbor to Russia, in her own elfish way.
“The trip was very good,” Kaljulaid told the press gathered at her press conference at the Estonian Embassy in Moscow. This was the first time in eight years that an Estonian leader went to Moscow for a state visit. As members of NATO and subjects of The Empire, Estonians are expected to hate Russia and Russians with every fiber of their being. Americans would get too upset if they see people actually getting along with each other. “The meeting [with Putin] was a good one,” Kersti continued, bravely bucking the trend. “We talked a lot on several troublesome themes, but in particularly troublesome moments, we expressed mutual respect for each other.”
Kersti also revealed, that she has invited Putin to the All-World Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples, which is to take place in June of 2020 in the Estonian city of Tartu. Savvy readers know already that Estonians (like Finns) are NOT Slavs, they are a Finno-Ugric people, distantly related even to Huns. There are rumors that Putin himself is part Ugric on his mother’s side. Unfortunately I have not been able to get a sample of Putin’s DNA, otherwise I would rush it off to the lab for testing. But if he is, it would be perfect for him to attend the Tartu gig and show off his Finnish physiognomy.
Other issues that were discussed by the two leaders include: the Ukraine; the situation in the world; the economic sanctions; something to do with double taxation (?); and the gas pipe North Stream II. Now, that’s exactly what Good Neighbors do: They talk things over.
Of course, it goes without saying: On returning home, Kersti, as a subject of The Empire, would be expected to report back to her Reptilian Overlords: “Not to worry, Lord Lizardia, I walked right up to him and spat in his face…”