It comes as no surprise to learn that both Germany and France (who regard themselves as the ‘cement’ that holds the EU together) have been flouting the EU’s own embargo on arms sales to Russia – imposed by Brussels following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014.

Both France and Germany are quick to come down hard on EU member states that fail to toe the Brussels line – yet are happy to ignore it when it serves their own selfish national interest.

Indeed, it could be argued that the sucking up to Moscow by France and Germany in recent years is largely what convinced Putin that he could safely go ahead with the expansion of his empire and invade Ukraine.

It calls to mind Churchill’s observation that “an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile in the hope that it will eat him last”.


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