In the most recent Eurovision, Europeans used the chance to express support for Ukraine while mocking Vladimir Putin.
However, the bloc’s most powerful cities have begun singing from a separate song sheet, far from the excitement for Ukraine’s overall winner at that celebration of campy pageantry, weak iconography, and awful English.
Following weeks of worrying about what would happen if Russia destroyed Ukraine, western European officials are suddenly concerned about what would occur if Ukraine wins.
Following Ukraine’s current success in driving Russian soldiers out of occupied land, officials from France to Germany to Italy have concluded a previously unimaginable Ukrainian triumph is now a genuine possibility.
European leaders openly empathize with Ukraine’s plight and have gone out of their way to assist the country.
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However, they are concerned what French President Emmanuel Macron called an “embarrassment” of Russia this week could spark a new set of issues, according to western sources.
One major concern is a Ukrainian victory would further disrupt Russia, making it much more volatile and making restoration of energy linkages considerably more difficult.
That is why some western European cities are secretly pushing for a “face-saving” settlement to the crisis, even if it means a loss of land for Ukraine.
Despite the fact Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz frequently stated Ukraine must set the terms of a truce, they recently expressed their preference for a cessation of hostilities relatively soon.
Macron also stated after peace was accomplished, Europe would have to build “new safety arrangements.”
This alarms Central and Eastern European countries, as it is interpreted as code for awarding Putin with a say over what occurs on their soil.
After a long-distance phone chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Scholz tweeted that he pressed Putin on three objectives, the first of which was a truce with Ukraine.
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The three points did not include a request that Russia promptly retract and withdraw all of its forces from Ukrainian territory.
Scholz, who postponed sending heavy equipment to Ukraine, said Berlin would continue to back sanctions on Russia in an appearance with the German news source, T-Online.
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said it was important to think about a peace agreement after speaking with US President Joe Biden in DC last week.
“We decided we need to continue to assist Ukraine and exert pressure on Moscow, but we also need to start thinking about how to construct peace,” he told journalists, adding Ukraine must be included in the process.
“People want to consider the prospect of calling a cease-fire and resuming meaningful negotiations. That is the current scenario. I believe we need to think hard about how to deal with this,” Draghi said.