Here is what Italian military expert Gianandrea Gaiani has to say on the matter.
“Let’s start with the following: there’s no unified Europe. There are some separate elements, which vividly surfaced during the Greek crisis, in the economy and finance."
"Europe neither exists in the political nor in the social sphere, which has been proven by the migration crisis. Moreover, it neither exists in the strategic nor in the military sphere, which has been proven by the Ukrainian crisis,” he said.
"But these countries don’t have any political will to stand against the US. But we should, as there are no more common interests for the Europe and the US,” he added.
“We can’t talk about a united Europe. Germany publicly denounces Russia for the Ukrainian crisis, but then, without too much fuss, signs an agreement with Moscow on the delivery of Russian gas via a new Baltic gas pipeline, bypassing Ukraine. Each European country is trying to play its own game, pretending to be a friend to the US, but pursuing its own interests with Russia.”
The expert also commented on the oft-discussed fight against the Islamic State (IS), which the US has declared one of its gravest threats, alongside Russia.
“I don’t see any desire from the US to fight against IS,” he said. “It’s ridiculous that they deploy their F-22s to Europe to fight against some Russian aircraft which flew somewhere above Lithuania and play Cold War. Instead, they would be better off sending more of those aircraft to the Middle East to fight against IS.”
Gianandrea Gaiani, however, noted that Russia could be an ideal partner in this fight.
“I think that Russia is an ideal partner in this conflict and its role in the coalition in the fight against IS is a serious one. Unlike the West, Russia wants to bring those countries which really fight IS into this – the governments of Syria and Iraq.”
“Russians would have been ideal partners not because they are better than Americans, but because Russia fully acknowledges that the IS won’t stop in the Middle East, it would feed jihadists in the post-Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Russian republics in the Caucasus. Russia, like us, is at the forefront of the fight against IS and it is in our common interest to stop it. The US is too far away from it and pursues other interests.”