Thursday, July 31, 2014

Is Russia And Germany Holding Secret Talks To End The Ukraine Crisis?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Land For Gas: Merkel And Putin Discussed Secret Deal Could End Ukraine Crisis -- The Independent

Merkel and Putin negotiate to trade Crimea’s sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade

Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine.

The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies.

More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia, a move that some members of the United Nations might find difficult to stomach.

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Update #1: Germany and Russia peace plan could end Ukraine crisis -- Belfast Telegraph
Update #2: Germany's 'secret deal with Russia to end violence in Ukraine which would see Crimea officially annexed in exchange for $1billion' -- Daily Mail

My Comment: On paper .... this sounds like a good deal .... but it is not happening that way. To begin .... Germany is denying all reports of a 'land for gas' deal with Putin. But even more worrisome is that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin sine the shit-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 .... in short .... no talks there. But even if there was an agreement .... I know that the pro-separatists rebels in eastern Ukraine would never agree to it .... even if it means losing all support from Moscow.

Hat Tip: James for the above link (regular reader and commentator).

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The shit-down of mh17?!?!