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German Foreign Minister mimicking pressure from his Ukrainian counterpart?

On Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, visited Berlin with an unplanned visit. In German diplomatic circles, they noted that the Ukrainian minister had come to “ask for clarification” from the German colleague Frank-Walter Steinmeier “in connection with his statements about the possibility of phasing out EU sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions to destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine”. Local media rated the visit easier: "Klimkin came to sort things out."

Steinmeier retreats ...

Pavel Klimkin in Berlin know for a long time. At one time he was here the ambassador of Ukraine. Since then, according to German experts, he has developed quite partnership relations with the current German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. However, the topic for negotiations (sanctions against Russia) was very inconvenient for the head of the German Foreign Ministry. Recently, contrary to the position of officials and EU diplomacy, Steinmeier has repeatedly spoken about easing sanctions against Russia and even their phased abolition.

In response to Steinmeier’s regular statements, he is also regularly twitched publicly by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She notes that “she sees no reason for lifting or easing sanctions against Russia.” Merkel last made such a statement last Friday, shortly after Frank-Walter Steinmeier admitted to the media that it was becoming increasingly difficult to negotiate anti-Russian sanctions. And then, in an interview with the magazine Der Spiegel, he said that "the German government is considering the possibility of a gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia."

Steinmeier determined this possibility by the progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Even with this caveat, the opinion of the German Foreign Ministry was strikingly different from the position of the European Union, which is linked by the lifting of economic sanctions from Russia with the absolute implementation of the Minsk agreements. Chancellor Merkel is in solidarity with European officials, so once again she disavowed the statement of her minister.

However, the point is not only in the position of the European Union. Steinmeier’s activity almost coincided with the meeting of the leaders of the G7 countries. This summit did not produce any significant decisions, except that, under pressure from Washington, the G-7 countries agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia. Now Chancellor Merkel is working out this decision.

For the United States, lifting the sanctions means easing the pressure on Moscow, easing the anti-Russian front they have already formed. In addition, Americans use the current situation to create certain competitive advantages for their companies. Such rules of the game quite suit them.

For Ukraine, the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions means a diplomatic catastrophe. After all, today, sanctions are perhaps the only serious form of support by the West for the current Kiev authorities. With their abolition, Ukraine will finally lose support, especially in Europe. That's why Pavel Klimkin hurried to Berlin to “clarify the relationship”.

At the final press conference of ministers, Klimkin called counterproductive "any signals hinting at the possibility of premature easing of sanctions" and stressed: "only if the key, fundamental provisions of the Minsk agreements are fully met, is it permissible to speak of easing or lifting sanctions."

Steinmeier defensively defended himself: “No one questions the close linkage of sanctions with the progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. My suggestion is to deal with the tool of sanctions more intelligently than in the past. ” The German minister suggested “thinking about how to react with sanctions if significant progress is made.”

Experts are wondering why all of a sudden such a mimicry happened to Steinmeier. No one connects this with the demanding tone of the Ukrainian minister. Everyone knows that in the “Norman format” Pavel Klimkin takes a place, as they say, at the side table and is not even always invited to participate in negotiations. And suddenly - this is the result of the meeting. After her, Steinmeier clearly corrected his rhetoric.

It seems it’s all about the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw in July. His training is now actively covered by American and European media. They show that the Warsaw meeting of the leaders of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance will give it a new anti-Russian impulse. Therefore, this is not the time to ease the pressure on Russia. Someone is well convinced in this chapter of the German Foreign Ministry. The Ukrainian minister only took advantage of the situation.

Sanctions as a barrier to the global world

The current package of sanctions expires on July 31. Many already understand that the sanctions policy does not match the nature of the modern global world. They prevent not only economic, but also political, humanitarian relations. They squeeze the living space of people on the planet by about a fifth of it.

Steinmeier was not sly when he spoke about the mood in the German government. For example, the Minister of Economy and Energy, the leader of the German Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel has repeatedly called for the gradual lifting of the restrictions provided for in the sanctions package.

Similar opinions are expressed by the politicians of Austria, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Slovakia, France. Among them are current ministers, a member of governments. Thus, last week the head of the Hungarian foreign affairs ministry, Peter Siyarto, said that Budapest did not intend to extend the sanctions automatically.

On Monday, it became known that in the middle of the month, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi would arrive in St. Petersburg to participate in the economic forum. According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov, who is referred to by RIA News, in the framework of Mr. Renzi’s visit, “Russian-Italian contacts will take place aimed at improving the situation with trade between the countries”.

Plans to visit the St. Petersburg forum and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin were announced by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. As the American newspaper The Politico writes with reference to diplomatic sources, this decision caused outright discontent in the United States, Great Britain, some other EU countries and even in the European Commission itself.

According to The Politico, some representatives of the Juncker apparatus advise him to refuse to participate in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum due to the “delicacy” of the sanctions issue. The publication notes that if Jean-Claude Juncker arrives in St. Petersburg, he will become the first European organization leader to visit Russia since sanctions were imposed against Moscow in March 2014.

The position of critics of the head of the European Commission was publicly expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkyavichus: “Meetings just for the sake of the meetings themselves do not add value to relations between the EU and Russia. The Kremlin uses meetings to create the impression that business continues as usual and projects this impression to its own public. ”

Political pressure on Juncker is growing. He has to justify himself, to explain his intentions that he will use the trip to the St. Petersburg forum in order to “openly talk about the prospects of relations between Moscow and Brussels.” In favor of the President of the European Commission, says that the leaders of the largest European companies said to participate in the forum. Among them are the heads of the German Siemens, the French Total, the trans-European Gunvor and Metro, the Swiss Glencore and others.

Business votes for the expansion of economic borders, the abolition of prohibitive measures and various kinds of sanctions. However, today it is not beneficial for the West, and not only for political reasons. He, among other things, is afraid of losing face. Norbert Röttgen, head of the foreign policy committee of the Bundestag, said quite definitely in an interview with Deutsche Welle: “Sanctions are Russia's political response. We are ready to take them off as soon as we see that Russia is curtailing its military presence in Ukraine and complying with the norms of international law. Otherwise, the West will lose its credibility. ”

Röttgen is worried about the authority of the West and its leaders in vain. Just the introduction of sanctions has decently undermined it in the eyes of business, objective politicians of many countries and ordinary people interested in communication, peace and tranquility on the planet. As for Russia, it has already become accustomed to living in conditions of sanctions, it is developing import substitution. It is possible that the lifting of sanctions can only prevent it ...
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  1. Shiva83483
    Shiva83483 3 June 2016 06: 13
    Comrades, if I didn’t understand something correctly, you correct me: entot the priest spikel deck, shorted the Germans with presenting? Klava, I tell the 404 Ghanaians how to love their homeland, what to do and how to live? In business, all the miracles, and the more wonderful saloids feel like in the sea: no bottom, no coast ....
    1. Ami du peuple
      Ami du peuple 3 June 2016 06: 28
      Quote: Shiva83483
      Presenting the Germans shorted?
      In nature, ominous balcony. A minor devil by lawlessness ran over an authoritative kid. And he immediately coked and turned on the back. laughing
      1. Uncle Murzik
        Uncle Murzik 3 June 2016 06: 32
        "the bug is small, but it stinks" smile
        1. Tatyana
          Tatyana 3 June 2016 08: 26
          Why wonder?
          Both Germany and Ukraine are colonies of the Anglo-Saxons - the USA and Great Britain. Both Steinmeier and Klimkin are a creature of the United States. They have a common owner - the US State Department. Therefore, for Steinmeier and Klimkin, a showdown between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries is like a showdown between prisoners in a zone. On the one who violates the general rules in the "zone", the colonial administration will snitch on that. So Klimkin warned Steinmeier - "in a comradely way" - that he, Klimkin, would be the first to do this, since he has nothing to lose in his Ukraine in comparison with Steinmeier in his Germany. Steinmeier and quieted down. True, for now - for a while. Then the incident will repeat itself.
    2. Dam
      Dam 3 June 2016 08: 11
      Teuton didn’t go, then the Turks of the Germans are building, then the Ukrainians. Completely degraded
      1. Monarchist
        Monarchist 3 June 2016 10: 41
        The Aryans precisely crushed them: they bend in front of the bug. Bismarck would have told the footmen to "lower the impudent from the stairs."
  2. Finches
    Finches 3 June 2016 06: 14
    "How is the world governed and wars flare up? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe their own lies by reading them in the newspapers." laughing
  3. brasist
    brasist 3 June 2016 06: 27
    Met two ....
  4. Blondy
    Blondy 3 June 2016 06: 43
    Yes, all this is written on the water: 404 a little reassured, saying personal things. Everything will be decided in other places. You would think that the chances are very shy and from such presentations will move out. In extreme cases, if they want, they will put on de facto sanctions according to the Bavarian method - and who will do it to them - unless the mattresses want to participate in another economic war, and in the election mess to take the whole thing under more or less organized control, it will be difficult . Yes, and in the WTO, mattresses with a veto somehow did not click on their nose at the right time.
  5. Egoza
    Egoza 3 June 2016 06: 46
    We are ready to remove them as soon as we see that Russia collapses its military presence in Ukraine and complies with international law. Otherwise, the West will lose its authority. ”

    How convenient! You can watch for a long time and see nothing, because there is no military presence. And the West has lost its authority a long time ago.
    1. inkass_98
      inkass_98 3 June 2016 07: 00
      Danelia looked into the water, one to one circus going on:
  6. 1536
    1536 3 June 2016 06: 51
    It seems that Ukraine is becoming not only an outpost of the United States in Europe, but also a country that approves and does not approve the policies of European countries, especially Germany. There is such a good, capacious Ukrainian word Peremoga. All overcame Ukrainian people, all overcame. And very soon, the Ukrainians will send their troops to Germany. They didn’t want to give visas to plumbers and traders, so get the tanks at the entrance to the Reichstag. And rightly so!
    PS And this old German eagle owl obviously made a planned provocation. Preplanned with. Apparently, they simply paid with it.
  7. wandlitz
    wandlitz 3 June 2016 08: 09
    Gopniks are putting "order" in Europe ....
  8. Chulman
    Chulman 3 June 2016 08: 15
    Well sho dumb men, blown away? laughing
  9. 3 June 2016 08: 30
    It's as simple as 2 + 2 pancake! Glmgin came and said they say so and so you will talk a lot, there will be a maydaun at the direction of the State Department, and if the crowd does not tear you apart during this maydaun, then you yourself will run away! That's all! Who wants to get under the crowd of Maydauns ??! And if the maydown happens with the "blessing" of the State Department and other gangs of watering cans, then neither the police nor the National Guard (or whoever is there in Germany) will not help! That's the whole alignment, in short.
  10. bumerang.
    bumerang. 3 June 2016 09: 54
    In response to Steinmeier's regular statements, he is also regularly publicly overturned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She notes that "she sees no reason to lift or ease sanctions against Russia."
    Game to the public. Merkel imposes anti-Russian sanctions on other EU countries. Under the leadership of the United States, he sets them against Russia, but in reality does not allow these countries to develop and make relations with Russia that are advantageous for them. What has been done to the South Stream, and the Nordic one, which is beneficial for Germany, is being built and found how to get around the sanctions. And now they are concluding profitable agreements with Russia quietly, but the rest of the countries cannot and the leaders of these countries see this, but they can’t do anything. All this is done in order to weaken Russia and other EU countries.
  11. Vega
    Vega 3 June 2016 10: 48
    The QUESTION arises, Minister of Germany, who? And is he the minister of Germany?
  12. Petrik66
    Petrik66 3 June 2016 10: 58
    The German received a scolding from his senior comrades (people), and in order to make him especially “pleasant”, a Ukrainian “scoundrel” was sent to him with this news (since purring comrades are discussing here). Something incredible is happening with Merkel, it was more or less adequate, but then it just went wild: then sanctions, then an agreement with the Turkish Sultan, then the Minsk agreements, then the Armenian genocide, and, if you add to this a wonderful and most importantly, a consistently brilliant plot with migrants ...... surrender of German positions on all fronts. Our Gorbachev, no less. Now it is necessary to fill up "Nord Stream 2" (sincerely good luck to her in this) and send a German platoon to the border with the Russian Federation. God help her. Let's hope that then our guarantor will get rid of his love for Germany.
  13. Galleon
    Galleon 3 June 2016 11: 14
    In my opinion, one cannot wait for the lifting of sanctions and hope so. Sanctions are forever. This is a confrontation between civilizations, it is even more irreconcilable than a religious war. And for the West it is not a problem that we are not going to wage war with them - we exist, we are different, and this is enough for their war and hatred. It doesn't matter that this idea is a thousand years old. Look, in the Canaries, the Spaniards exterminated the indigenous population for 100 years, they burned all the forests, just to destroy them. An interesting tribe was, by the way, mysterious. "Carthage must be destroyed" - and that's it, there is no other alternative for their understanding of the world.
  14. Arkan
    Arkan 3 June 2016 11: 33
    The sanctions cart stopped, the Europeans are starting to remember about their wallets. It turns out everything is like in Krylov’s fable:

    When there is no agreement in the comrades,
    In the mood their business will not go,
    And it will not work out of him, only flour.
    Once a Swan, Cancer da Pike
    They took it with luggage
    And together the three all harnessed to him;
    They climb out of their skin, but the cart is still not running!
    Luggage would seem easy for them:
    Yes the swan is breaking into the clouds
    Cancer backs away, and Pike pulls into the water.
    Who is to blame for them, who is right, is not for us to judge;
    Yes, it's still there now.
  15. Berkut24
    Berkut24 3 June 2016 12: 02
    Some kind of fatigue from all this fuss. Met ... discussed ... sanctions ....
    Sometimes it seems to me that all these "serious people" with their politics, economics, stock exchanges, fences along the border, strange ideals and other crap on some other dimension. Something that is not real and has no relation to reality.
    The word nonsense is valued more. than the words of millions. You can earn more on unsecured pieces of paper than on real production. The interests and destinies of entire countries are decided by those for whom even voting is not provided. World has gone mad. And the further you go, the more you want the natural and the real.
  16. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 3 June 2016 12: 37
    Look what you invented, bastard - remove the sanctions!
    We’ll take you off ... an unnecessary head.
    Sanctions are our everything!
  17. nemo9
    nemo9 3 June 2016 13: 07
    Two years the same! How tired of this European toilet !!!
  18. lukke
    lukke 3 June 2016 14: 25
    I sincerely hope that the geyropa will not remove our sanctions, no matter how much they would like to !!! at least another five years! And if the adversaries decide to do this, we will need to recognize independence and add yourself you know who, so that these Eurogays again impose their sanctions. And so on, until our economy and production becomes competitive in all sectors ...
  19. Ros 56
    Ros 56 3 June 2016 17: 27
    Ours weighed this out to the Germans at 45, they still cannot come to their senses. Even the idiot Klimkin points out miracles and nothing more. So I didn’t understand, but who would be, if anything, to fight for NATU except for pshek and tribalts? The rest do not need it for nothing, substitute for the striped head under the "Caliber".
  20. Alexy
    Alexy 4 June 2016 03: 38
    Who will tell me when this American bedding Angela Merkel will retire. Stayed grandmother, it's time to the house of the elderly Russophobia in the company of the old woman Albright