Letter: We all need to keep an eye on the conflict in Eastern Europe

Later, the European Common Market was formed, consisting of 11 Western European states. This then became the European Union, with a common currency, the euro.

Towards the end of the 20th century, East Germany and West Germany were united and the European Union was expanded to 28 European states, to include some, but not all, of the countries given to Russia after World War II. All 28 countries were either in or later joined NATO.

After Brexit, the UK left the EU, but remained in NATO. The NATO treaty provides that countries that are attacked must be defended by other NATO countries.

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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is causing concern.

Ukraine is neither in the EU nor in NATO. Russia took over Crimea which is or was part of Ukraine. Russia has arranged changes of government in Belarus and Syria so that they currently support Russia.

The EU is firmly convinced that Russia wants to expand its empire. In my opinion, the EU has similar ambitions and wants Ukraine to join the EU and NATO.

Russia demands that Ukraine never join NATO. This is not accepted by the EU, UK or USA. The fear is that Russia may attempt to install a new government in Ukraine that supports Russia.

I voted for Brexit because the EU, led by Germany and France, was throwing diktats at the UK.

Brexit came after the EU considered tinkering with British tax havens. There are now threats to prevent Russia from withdrawing money from these tax havens if Russia invades Ukraine.

I suspect that Russia will need the help of others in any war.

It won’t happen during Chinese New Year and the Beijing Olympics, but keep an eye out for Belarus and Syria.

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