Today, European officials start saying the things that one could not hear them saying a year ago. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the decision of the EU to aggravate relations with Russia were a mistake. He called to "turn the page of the Cold War with Moscow." According to him, Europe needs Russia "to regulate the Syrian crisis and struggle against the Islamic State." He calls to bring Russia back to the Group of Eight and lift the sanctions against Russia. However, Sarkozy said that one does not need to agree with Moscow in everything, nor does Europe need to accept the things that are happening in Donetsk."
Germany follows France in this respect. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the operations in Libya and Iraq were "a mistake" from which Europe learned no lesson. As a result, there is chaos not only in the Middle East, but also in Europe itself. The countries that support the United States are now dealing with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and no one knows how to stop this gigantic snowball from rolling down the hill.
The troops of the Southern and Western military districts will begin to return from Russia's southern borders to the points of their permanent deployment starting April 23