And his other blooper - he chose another Teuton, Kurt Volker (Volcker, as the Americans say - not from the German "folk", but from the Russian "Wolf"), the special representative of the US Department of State for Ukraine. Kurt Volker turned out to be a wolf-clever and is now trying to negate Russia's efforts to pacify Ukraine. Well, you know, Madame Nuland, Mrs. Cookie, coped with this task. Was it worth worrying about good Americans and voting for Trump, who promised peace with Russia? Could sit at home, stir up a barbecue.
Volker outlined his concept: the Ukrainian army will take the Donbass into the ring, and the UN troops will enter and bring order. And then the turn will come for the Minsk agreements, he added unconvincingly.
His proposal was met with stormy laughter in Donetsk and Lugansk, and with indignation in Moscow. For whom he considers us, Sergey Lavrov marveled. - What we agree with the occupation of Donbass by the UN troops and we will wait for this mythical “later”?
It will not happen. But the warning sounded on time. In Russia, there was hope for the pacification of a neighbor. At first, the Minsk agreements were signed. Good agreement, no doubt. Only Kiev did not intend to execute them, and Washington and its NATO vassals only supported Kiev in its strange and unnatural reading of the agreements.
Then Moscow hoped to save the people of the people's republics from artillery bombardment by letting in UN troops to guard the observers. A good plan, but only with bona fide partners. But these are not observed. And now Volker explained his plan: first to send in UN troops, and then transfer them from the line of contact with the armed forces of the Kiev regime to the border with Russia. It doesn’t matter that this is contrary to the proposed mandate. For Americans, any resolution is a starting point for improving their position.
We all remember Libya. Then Russia did not veto the decision of the Security Council on the no-fly zone. It seems that the resolution simply forbade flying over Libya. To protect peaceful cities that allegedly bombed aviation Gaddafi. And then the West interpreted the resolution as a green light to bomb the peaceful cities of Libya.
Russia voted for Iraq - and we know what ended.
And even earlier, Korea was in 1950, when it cost the Soviet representative to miss the Security Council meeting, as the UN army arose for the war with North Korea.
The time has come for the Foreign Ministry to remind China that the debt is beautiful in payment, that Russia is not supporting the Chinese initiatives in the Security Council so that the Chinese will then refrain. This nut must be tightened.
Moscow’s plans and calculations are good, but they do not always take fully into account the extreme bad faith of a partner (he’s a strategic opponent). Letting the wolf into the Donetsk sheep-fold to protect the sheep is too cunning. Thanks to Walker for quickly showing his cards. Thanks, no. First, the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
You can understand the idea that guided Moscow: how to save residents from shelling. It would be nice to do it in such a peaceful way. But if this is not possible, then why not Russia learn from the best friend - the Israeli prime minister, who sends his planes to bomb the Syrian batteries? Surely Russia will not find airplanes and missiles that will calm Ukrainian gunners?
Yes, Russia does not want an escalation of the conflict. But not she escalates it. And it is necessary to react. And there is no better way to respond, except with a counter-volley. I am sure that the Ukrainian leadership will see and understand.
Now throughout Eastern Europe there is a great reassessment of values. Even the leader of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, fiercely anti-Russian in the past, visited Moscow and invited Putin. And her Serbian neighbor looking at the West met Erdogan and also began to understand the new agenda.
For the first time, voices began to be heard in no less anti-Russian Poland: isn't it time to stop acting against Russia?
If Croatia and Poland have already thought about it, then Kiev leaders should also think. But you will not spend Russian on chaff - first the Minsk agreements, then everything else.
And Volker? Well, Volker is another setback for President Trump. Rather, the president would return the special representative to where he found him, and find more suitable for restoring peace between peoples. Otherwise, the people themselves will cope.