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Robert Tombs, author of the Sunday Times bestseller This Sovereign Isle, says the EU will remain largely powerless for the foreseeable future in geopolitical terms. He insists that European politicians are relying on the European Court of Justice, the Central Bank and the “secret” European Council to build an irresponsible technocracy, having given up on winning popular support.

He writes: “Such a superficial system is doomed to weakness … We have a stake in a stable, secure and confident EU. It would be a better neighbor, able to accept Brexit and build a positive future relationship.

“But her own uncertainties make her want to punish Britain ‘for encouraging others.’ She seems incapable of accepting her limitations and trying to function as an economic union of sovereign states. She pursues an illusory federalism without democratic consent. “

His comments in the Telegraph came as the EU was excluded from talks between Russia and the United States over Ukraine, which could decide the future of Europe’s security.

The White House said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether Russia was seriously considering a path to diplomacy in upcoming remarks a day after Russia and the United States gave no sign of narrowing their differences. on Ukraine and European security at large during the talks in Geneva.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “It is too early to tell whether the Russians are serious about diplomacy or not, or whether they are ready to seriously negotiate in good faith. [prepared to negotiate in good faith]. “

Russia has moved nearly 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine. He maintains that he is not preparing for an invasion, but wants to see the West relinquish support for the Ukrainian government and has demanded guarantees that NATO will not expand further east.

The efforts of federalists such as Emmanuel Macron to secure sovereign powers for the EU and its own armed forces are described as fantasies by Mr Tombs in his comments on the bloc’s ability to be a major player on the world stage.

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He writes: “France is the only member of the bloc with considerable armed forces. Much of the EU has allowed itself to become dependent on Russia for energy. Several more important members are in a political and legal impasse with Brussels.

“If Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, will that bring the EU states together or – as seems just as likely – separate them? Somehow I can’t see Ursula von der Leyen make a clear call to resist the aggressor. It’s NATO or nothing and the weakening of NATO is Russia’s main object. “

Russia is due to file its demands for security guarantees in Europe on Wednesday with the 30 NATO allies at the Allied headquarters in Brussels as part of a broader effort to defuse the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will chair talks with alliance ambassadors and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

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Allies should voice their concerns about what they call covert and cyber attacks and electoral interference against the European Union and the United States. Russia denies any wrongdoing.

It comes after Russia held live fire drills with troops and tanks near the Ukrainian border on Tuesday, while sounding a pessimistic note over the prospects for further negotiations with the United States.

As the main NATO member in Europe, Britain has helped Ukraine strengthen its defenses while maintaining a military presence in the Baltic states, prompting Mr Tombs to ask, “In what way? have we lost influence leaving the EU?

On January 7, Foreign Minister Liz Truss again appealed to Russia to end its “malicious activities” against Ukraine.

Ms Truss said: “We will defend democracy in Eastern Europe and around the world. Our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is unwavering. We are clear that any Russian incursion would be a massive strategic error, which would have a considerable cost.

“The Russian government must defuse, continue diplomatic channels and respect its commitments on the transparency of military activities.

Meanwhile, the EU debate in Britain is “dragging on,” according to Tombs, who accuses Rejoiners of having flourished all the anecdotes to prove that Brexit was a failure.

He writes: “At no point do they discuss the direction of the EU and whether we would like to be part of a failed and increasingly post-democratic system again.

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