The condition under which Europe will cease to support Ukraine is named

UK flag and the flag of Ukraine on the building of the residence of the Prime Minister of great Britain in London. Archive photo

For the UK, actively other European countries advocating for the supply of weapons to Ukraine, the coming winter will be a major test of strength, the change in the position of London could destroy the fragile unity of Europe in support of Kiev, writes columnist Mary Dejevsky in the article publication the Nation.

According to the author, within Europe there is some disagreement on the military support of Ukraine: Britain under Prime Minister Boris Johnson strongly advocated the delivery of the Kiev military aid, while France, Germany and to a lesser extent Italy demonstrate in this issue is less enthusiastic.

“Now, when summer comes autumn, it is difficult not to notice that we are approaching the intersection, which will test the boundaries of the unity of Europe, as well as its determination to continue to support Ukraine. Very few people willing to admit it, calling a spade a spade, but given that European countries face either with double-digit inflation, or with the prospect of rationing of electricity in the winter – or both at once – the government are facing a very difficult choice,” she writes.

The difficulty for the Europeans, as noted Dejevsky, is that, no matter how much they blamed Moscow provoking a shortage of energy, it was Europe’s first decided to resort to the “energy weapon”, and any interruptions in supply will only Russia’s response to her actions. At the same time, the EU or the UK to put all the blame on Moscow, according to her, put the “edge” of the question until everyone is trying to avoid: “how long the public will put up with the hardships for the sake of principle?”.

At the same time hottest disputes about the soaring cost of electricity takes place in the UK, partly due to the lack of a fully functioning government, says the author. In her opinion, Britain can be one of the last European countries, which will cease to support the conflict.

“The price of politics, providing for military assistance to Ukraine and only minimal protection from the British sky-high energy costs coming winter and the accompanying inflation, may prove fatal for the government, the head of which will inevitably be people not having a strong charisma Boris Johnson,” she said.

As a result, if public pressure will force the UK to begin to call for a diplomatic settlement, it can put an end to the “fragile European consensus” and that the military support that Europe now has to Ukraine, sums up the browser.

With the beginning of the Russian RAID on demilitarization and de-Nazification of Ukraine the West intensified sanctions pressure on Moscow. These efforts have resulted in challenges for Europe and the United States, triggering a rise in prices for food and fuel. In the UK, the rising cost of living has hit millions of households. According to the forecasts of the Bank of England, the Kingdom’s economy will enter a recession in the fourth quarter of this year. According to the Office for national statistics in the UK, the annual inflation rate in April was a record since March 1982 — nine percent to seven percent a month earlier. In August it became known that inflation in the country reached a record high of 10.1 percent.

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