Skeptičtí partneři Ruska v G8

Chudé, na ropu bohaté Rusko. Usilovně se snaží, aby ostatní brali vážně jeho předsednictví v elitní Skupině osmi (G8), kde na něj vyšla řada. Prezident Vladimir Putin, snad v naději na povznesení rozhovorů na prezidentském summitu, který proběhne v červenci v Sankt Peterburgu, předložil ambiciózní agendu. Má v plánu zavést své kolegy do učených konverzací o vzdělávání, infekčních nemocech a – aby se ujistil, že si nikdo nezdřímne – o „energetické bezpečnosti“.

Co Putin za své úsilí získal? Nic moc. Bushova administrativa, vedená viceprezidentem Dickem Cheneym (avšak s výslovným souhlasem jeho šéfa), nedávno Rusko obvinila z upadání do jeho starých způsobů „říše zla“. Putin palbu opětoval a vykreslil Spojené státy jako „soudruha vlka“, připraveného vrhnout se na každý národ, který zůstane nechráněný. Zdá se, že roste napětí ohledně toho, jak se Bush a Putin pozdraví, až se v Sankt Petersburgu setkají.

Evropané, co se jich týče, stále ještě propadají hysterii kvůli tomu, jak se připletli do plynové rozmíšky mezi Ruskem a Ukrajinou, která na začátku letošního roku na několik dní zaškrtila přítok do jejich plynovodů. Diskutovat s Ruskem o „energetické bezpečnosti“ považují za totéž jako si o vodní bezpečnosti rozprávět se soudruhem krokodýlem.

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