Nevyzpytatelné Rusko

Když Vladimir Putin v roce 2000 poprvé přicestoval do Paříže jako nově zvolený ruský prezident, měl jednoduché a uklidňující sdělení: „Přináším vám to, co potřebujete nejvíce: stabilní a zaručený zdroj energie. Moje ropa a můj plyn nebudou levnější než dodávky z Blízkého východu, ale budou mnohem bezpečnější.“

Putin tím dal mimoděk najevo, že „křesťanská energie“, byť by byla „pravoslavná“, bude pro západní svět strachující se o stabilitu na Blízkém východě jistější než energie „muslimská“.

Blízký východ měl být chaotický a nevyzpytatelný, na rozdíl od nového a moderního Putinova Ruska. Dnešní problém tkví v tom, že pro Ukrajince a Gruzínce, nemluvě o Italech, se „křesťanská“ ropa a zemní plyn z Ruska nezdají ani zdaleka tak bezpečné a zajištěné, jak Putin sliboval.

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