First, a quick update on Kazakhstan: the CSTO will begin its withdrawal tomorrow and that operation will be completed by the 19th of January (dunno if anybody will inform Blinken about how quickly the Russians leave).
This operation was truly a triumph for Russia and her allies.
It is said that hope dies last, and today it appears that whatever hope we might have had has died. A week long series of negotiations has apparently yielded absolutely nothing. To the extent that there were some sane voices advocating for a negotiated solution, these voices have now been drowned by the huge choir of hysterically russophobic politicians who, feeling safety in numbers, have told the Russian bear to get lost.
This is a triumph for the US Neocons and for their proteges in the EU.
So where do we go from here?
It is quite obvious: Russia will begin a policy of unilateral actions aimed at advancing vital Russian national interests. Many of those actions will turn up the pain dial for the US/EU/NATO. Rather than trying to guess what will happen next, I rather wait for those unilateral actions to become public.
One good news is that the Zircon missile is now officially accepted for service. Good timing for sure.
I will conclude this short post by saying that in my strictly personal opinion, now would be a good time for Russia to sever all her diplomatic relations with at least the worst offenders in the West, beginning with the USA itself, of course. Why?
Because having diplomatic relations with friends, partners or generally civilized and trustworthy counterparts makes sense. Most western countries don’t qualify, so what is the point?
77 years after the end of WWII, the West has come a full circle and is back to its usual messianic homeostasis: racist megalomania, delusions about its own invulnerability and invincibility.
This sends a powerful and important message to all of Zone B, especially China.
Was Russia right to engage in these negotiations?
Yes, absolutely. A country that lost 27 million of its citizens to western megalomania had the moral duty to try to do everything to avoid another war. Yes, the chances of success were infinitesimal. But morally, Russia had to try and she did.
Now that her hands have been untied, she can now do whatever she deems needful.
The main question now is this: how high will be the price this time around to bring the messianic West back to reality?
We will soon find out.