Contributed to HellasFrappe
By EIR Strategic Alert
Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, who now has the rotating chairmanship of the EU Council, visited Kiev and Moscow last week, announcing that Ukraine, the European Union and Russia would begin talks on implementing the Ukraine-EU association agreement.
This is “another achievement within the context of Italian and European diplomatic efforts,” as reported on Italian foreign ministry website.
Mogherini had two days of talks in Kiev with Ukraine leaders, before meeting with President Putin July 9 in Moscow, to urge with all “a bilateral ceasefire”. However, the main obstacle to a ceasefire remains the ongoing military offensive by Kiev against the pro-Russian federalists in Eastern Ukraine.
Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has also been actively promoting diplomacy with Russia. In an interview with the Austrian Die Presse July 10, he stated bluntly that,
“De facto the Crimea is not part of Ukraine any more.Needless to say, we will not recognize this de jure. It is an illusion to believe that we can find a solution right now.”Asselborn revealed that it was he who suggested that Austrian President Heinz Fischer meet Putin in Vienna two weeks ago, adding that he disagreed with Ukraine’s policy:
“Evidently, President Poroshenko is trying to resolve the conflict through a military option. He should follow Steinmeier’s advice and start a dialogue with Russia and the OSCE.”Asselborn also warned that Europe and the U.S. cannot dictate policy to Russia and China, so he proposed that “the West should pause to reconsider its policy.”
Of particular interest is the example he chose:
“Tony Blair is still convinced that the war in Iraq was the right option, though tens of thousands of people were killed there for no reason. The country is still in chaos today.”As for the most important ally of the United States in Europe, Germany, relations are at a low. In addition to the widespread opposition to economic sanctions and a confrontationist line toward Russia, the revelations on the outrageous spying practices of the NSA and CIA have created an uproar.
So much so that Foreign Minister Steinmeier, on behalf of the Merkel government, took the unprecedented step July 10 of calling on the U.S. State Department to pull its CIA station chief out of the Berlin embassy, after it was revealed that he had been paying a BND agent to obtain secret documents. While short of a formal expulsion, that decision apparently shook up Obama’s entourage, who had not expected such a strong reaction.
To make matters worse, shortly after that scandal came after the arrest of another spy for the CIA working at the German Defense Ministry. According to some reports, the Americans believe they have to operate behind the back of German intelligence, because of heavy Russian infiltration.