Photo: Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Former Greek PM Tsipras: “From This Very Big Crisis In Ukraine…Europe Is A Big Loser Geopolitically And Economically”

Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that it is the countries of the Europe Union that are having to bear the heaviest losses from the war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia. He was speaking at a press conference on 18 September at the 86th Thessaloniki International Exhibition.

“From this very big crisis in Ukraine…Europe is a big loser geopolitically and economically,” Tsipras said.

He pointed out that the Russian ruble has become one of the strongest currencies, and that both the Russian and the American economies have not lost in any major way from the war, as opposed to the European Union, where the economic consequences are most serious.

“The United States is not losing either economically or geostrategically,” Tsipras said.

“Even Russia is not losing economically. The ruble has become one of the strongest currencies since the rise in natural gas prices. Russia has managed to become a regulatory body that includes and turns off the tap [of energy supplies]. Europe is going head over heels at the moment and there is a very clear lack of leadership from my point of view, a lack of thinking and strategy.”

EU Must Protect Its Own Interests

Tsipras, who is also the leader of the main opposition party, the Coalition of Radical Left Forces – the Progressive Alliance (SYRIZA – PA), believes that ”Europe as a whole and the world … are entering into a prolonged cold war” and there is an urgent need for the European Union to protect its interests with an autonomous geopolitical strategy when these do not match US interests.

The EU should continue to work “within NATO, but with the clear intention of protecting its interests when they are similar to the US value systems, but when they do not coincide, then the EU must protect its own interests”.

He added the EU was at an existential turning point regarding the need to develop an independent policy, because otherwise it “will not just follow the events, but it will have problems with its very existence.”

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