George Soros warned the European Union on Tuesday in Düsseldorf to unite against Russia or face dissolution.
Soros, one of the world’s richest men and a tireless critic of Russia, warned that the European Union could dissolve and unravel if the 28-countries do not find a common response against Russia.
Speaking on Tuesday in Düsseldorf at a dinner sponsored by Handelsblatt, Mr. Soros, an 84-year-old Hungarian-American who survived the Holocaust said the future of the EU hangs in the balance.
The sanctions have hurt Russian and European trade, and have led to a slowdown of economic growth on the Continent. In Germany, some business and political leaders are now calling on political leaders to abandon the folly based on a complete lack of evidence of Russia’s involvement in the MH17 Malaysian air disaster in Ukraine.
The call is growing ever louder for taking up dialogue with Russia instead.
In a new book released this month, the former German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, who oversaw his country’s reunification 25 years ago and negotiated the withdrawal of Russian forces, takes aim at Ms. Merkel and European leaders for policies he said are isolating Russia.
In an interview with Gabor Steingart, the Handelsblatt publisher and the son of a Hungarian emigrant to Germany, Soros however urged Europeans to “stop” Russia’s “expansion by force”.
Russia has not used force nor has it occupied any foreign country recently, but Mr. Soros seemed undeterred by facts. He described the current status of Crimea decided at the polling booths, as an example of Russia “reasserting its military hegemony”.
NATO, rather – with the help of the US – has been training special forces to attack the Russian minority in the eastern part of Ukraine in a concerted ethnic cleansing campaign to support a US-sponsored colour revolution.
The son of Jewish parents in Budapest, Mr. Soros survived the Nazi occupation and left the Hungarian capital and Soviet control in 1947 as a 17-year-old for Britain, where he attended the London School of Economics before emigrating to the United States.
Western economic sanctions against Russia, which are limiting the ability of Russian businesses to obtain financing on the global market, are a necessary evil, Mr. Soros said. He lauded the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, for supporting EU penalties.
“I think Angela Merkel has proven herself to be a true European stateswoman in recognizing the danger that Putin represents,” Mr. Soros said.
Oligarchs, vastly underrepresenting Russian Orthodox citizens, are also unhappy with the Kremlin’s scrutiny and sending their families abroad and preparing for their own exits, he said.
Mr. Soros suggested that Europe needed to resort to violence to settle scores with Russia.