A couple of days ago, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was seen warmly welcoming Syrian refugees to his country. Today, a video of a Canadian choir singing an Arabic song to make the refugees feel more at home is going viral. But what Nikolai Starikov pointed out CANNOT BE OVERLOOKED. Starikov is a renowned Russian writer and opinion journalist. He has written many books and journals discussing the Russian political atmosphere and the threats to the country.
In a one-on-one interview with Russia Insider in October this year, Starikov took on the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. He alleges that there is a meticulously planned political conspiracy at work to weaken Europe.
He begins by saying that there have been migrations in the past too. He reminds that all of them have been political asylum seekers, not economic asylum seekers.
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“(When seeking asylum) you have to prove that you are facing danger. There is procedure. There is none here (in the European refugee crisis).”
He points out that the refugees are marching in thousands from one place to another as if there is nothing called international border.
A batch of refugees marching through Austria. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
“The result is that you can jump on some sea transport from Africa to Europe….no one asks documents…or whether you’re a political asylum seeker or not.”
Refugees have been seen taking selfies upon their landing on European shores. Keeping cellphones are not unusual, but the actions of the refugees such as refusing food and clothing have been criticised.
Left: A refugee taking a selfie with a selfie stick on the shores of Lesbos, Greece. Right: A group of refugee boys posing for a selfie somewhere in Balkans. Time
“Then you (migrants) do as you like…you can make demands, start a fight, and smash things up…Previously a person would arrive and say, ‘I request asylum,’ now you DEMAND.”
This is what the refugees did at the Hungarian train station to the food and water that was offered to them. They did not even let their children accept the food. (You can watch this video.)
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When asked what is being achieved by weakening Europe, Starikov recounts the days in the aftermath of World War II when US and UK made attempts to keep allies weak, “like they tried to do with Soviet Union”.
The US is trying to weaken Germany, the strongest European country. “All refugees are heading for Germany,” he points out.
The route refugees are taking to reach various cities in Germany.
To support his argument, Starikov says that the Gazprom gas pipe link to Germany via Baltic Sea will help Germany become more independent of the West in gas-related matters, something the US or UK cannot afford.
It is to be noted that the European refugee crisis reached a peak around the same time the Gazprom agreement was reached between Germany and Russia i.e: in the month of June. You can watch the entire video, where he also discusses how the West took advantage of the Aylan Kurdi drowning incident.