Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lavrov said that Washington’s actions in Ukraine crisis has aggravated the situation.

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8.2.15. 10:53 am

Comment by Boris browser Rozhina ("colonelcassad"). "Since the treaty has not yet happened, agreed to negotiate further. In fact this is the essence of the expected on February 11 in Minsk meeting Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko. Discuss the questions are going to divorce troops (50 -70 kilometers) from the current line of demarcation that part of Europe is certain concessions, so as to Minsk Agreement divorce troops supposed to be implemented from the front lines of this in secret annexes to the Minsk agreement. There is also a murky promise Poroshenko (the price that a little) about the special status for the Donbass, which is a paraphrase of the mortgaged back in Minsk Agreement obligation to adopt a law on the special status of Donbass that some in Russia mistakenly confused with federalization, but showed further practice - Kiev and Washington under this meant very different things. 

It is symptomatic of the approval of the unitarity of Ukraine clearly demonstrate that the Kremlin's attempts to impose a federalization will be blocked. It is also worth noting that the meeting will not be representatives of the DNI and the LC that the part of the Russian Federation is an obvious concession, since the Russian Federation has always tried to impose direct talks with the DNR and LC junta to legitimize the leadership of People's Republic. Along the way, the OSCE explicitly required to pass under international control of the border between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic (which also was included in the Minsk Agreement). In general, if we ignore diplomatic politesse, it still is an attempt to impose the Russian Minsk format that from October much success did not bring Europeans. Actually that's why now, and gather in Normandy format, as it rolled to his side, after Minsk agreements were pohoroney in October 2014 and as already quite evident in the way in which these documents were signed in Minsk (and on the basis of which the Russian Federation to regularly have different requirements and impose ultimatums), implemented in practice will not. 

The current diplomatic maneuvers against the background of the threat of a larger war revolve around changes in the Minsk format. European diplomacy, though experiencing known skepticism about these negotiations, should nevertheless be given the rate associated with attempts to resolve the conflict without war. Engine of this diplomatic line is the German Chancellor, as it is in Germany will have to take on a greater portion of the costs of a possible war. Hence vigorous diplomatic activity, coupled with calls for the US not to supply weapons to Ukraine. In general, as in Moscow and Munich concrete results could not be achieved in Minsk followed by a sequel, which is also highly questionable in terms of results. 

The more that is not involved in these negotiations Americans can always hack to death their hands of the junta, if the Europeans or the junta somewhere they want to go to the principal concessions. Russia will naturally seek assurances to the Crimea and the status of the frozen conflict for Donbass. All this will rest in unacceptable demands from Europe and the United States, such as the transfer of control over the border, and the main problem - the territorial integrity of Ukraine, is trying to defend the United States and the EU. According to the phase-out of Europe and especially the United States from this position looks absolutely incredible.

Therefore, from a meeting in Minsk, one can hardly expect the final decisions of the conflict can be reached any local agreements such as the exchange of prisoners, divorce heavy weapons (monitoring OSCE) and the adoption of a declaration of intent. And is the probability of failure of the talks in Minsk on February 11, as has already happened with torn summit in Astana. 

Therefore, the preliminary consultations 9 and 10 February will be even more important than talks on February 11 as there will try to bring closer the positions on key issues, although the possibility of a compromise on some issues did not believe it. In general, the last few days we have heard a lot of loud political statements, threats and suggestions, but the swing was on the ruble, and the result is a penny. Forward to continuing. "

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry (Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the US' plans to supply “lethal weapons” to the Ukrainian government.

Lavrov made the criticism at a meeting with his American counterpart John Kerry in Munich.

"Lavrov stressed that the plans currently discussed in Washington to supply military hardware and weapons to Kyiv could have unpredictable consequences and risk undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in the South-East of the country," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its Facebook page.

Lavrov and Kerry met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Russia believes arms supplies to Ukraine would only aggravate the raging crisis in the European country.

Lavrov had earlier said that Washington’s actions over the crisis in Ukraine crisis had aggravated the situation.

“The U.S. took steps at each stage of the Ukraine crisis that only led to its further escalation,” Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

He also added that the US puts the blame on Russia for “any complicated situation”.

“In any complicated situation, our American colleagues try to shift the blame to Russia - take, for instance, the talk about the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which has become increasingly more active of late.”

The New York Times the US President Barack Obama’s administration is considering supplying Ukrainian forces with weapons and equipment to fight pro-Russian militias in country’s restive eastern regions.

It reported that John Kerry and US joint chiefs chairman Martin Dempsey were open to discuss the idea.

An increasing numbers of American lawmakers have been asking President Obama to send arms to Ukraine.

Republican Senator John McCain, leading a dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers, said few days ago that US lawmakers would introduce a legislation requiring the US to send arms to Ukraine if President Barack Obama does not move to send weapons.

Republican and Democrat Senators from Illinois Mark Kirk and Richard Durbin have written a letter to President Obama asking him to ask Obama to arm Ukraine “over escalating Russian aggression” there.

The idea of sending lethal arms to Ukraine has drove a wedge among Washington’s allies with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying the crisis in Ukraine would not be solved by military means.

“The progress that Ukraine needs cannot be achieved by more weapons,” Merkel said in Munich on Saturday.

“The problem is that I cannot envisage any situation in which an improved equipment of the Ukrainian army leads to a situation where President Putin is so impressed that he will lose militarily.”

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