Putin has no interest in strong EU. He tried, tries and will continue to try to destabilize the Union. He uses gas as a means to manipulate EE countries and strengthen his position in Eastern Europe.
What for, Matyjasz?
East Europe doesn't give any benefit to Russia. These are quite subdevelopped countries. The only reason why Russia is anxious about them is their possible transit blackmail.
As to Ukraine, remember only one thing. In 1990 Poland had to pay world prices for gas. That was a tremendous period but Poles survived with idea that it is the price of independence. After Yushenko victory Ukranians denied any possibility to pay Russia for gas the same price as Poland. That could mean that an average Ukranian with 180 dollars salary would receive some 15 dollars less for some 1-2 years. The majority didn't want to pay such maney for independence. USA Government supported Ukranians in their desire to pay less to Russia altough 16 years earlier Poland had to cope with its energetical problems.
That is the Ukranian independence.
It was just a matter of time when Russia will try to regain it’s influence in eastern Europe, and as we all know, it stands in conflict with Polish interests.
Doesn't seem to be so. You don't take into account Ukraine, Belarus and Latvia. They occupy territory from Black to Baltic seas and can blackmail Russia and other countries by gas transit. Poland will also have problems with Ukraine. As to Ukraine its growth is real and has prospects. Russia won't be able to interrupt it. In this case Poland will be interested in Baltic gas tube. Poland can cope with its problems but as to Ukraine I'm not sure
It was just a matter of time when Russia will try to regain it’s influence in eastern Europe
The generations of 45 years and younger in Russia aren't interested in territories away from today Russian borders. They know the main challenges and the main prospects are within today Russian territory. Russia as superpower doesn't attract the majority of population because it is not profitable and takes Russian away from solving its own problems.
Some 34% are satisfied by today fronteers and this percentage grows.
But the West provokes Russians.
The Kosovo problem can strengthen those who want to use it as precedent in South Osetia, Abhasia and South Ukraine. It will be more uneasy to persuade the man in the street that Kosovo is one thing and Osetia is quite different (by the way do you know any difference? I don't).
Antimissil awakes military budget vampires. They feel themselves better in case of confrontation.
Lugovoj extradition demand is quite a crazy thing. In 1993 Russian conservative perlament who opposed to democratic changes and new Constitution adoption was bombed by tanks. I was the witness. Approximately 150 of its defensores were killed. They were enemies of president and new Russia (sometimes protesting against changes) but that was Russian blood. And now Russia should forget its blood by British desire to forget Russian constitution adopted following that bombing.
The most interesting fact is that the West doesn't have any force to make Russia follow its desire. And no profitable proposaks to millions of Russians.
That's the reason why we have this situation.
As to Poland...
Well? do you think there are profitable proposals the EU can make? Think on that and you won't be anxious about German attitude