As a likely spillover of U.S. President Trump’s attempt to establish constructive relations with Russia, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for a a “new detente” policy in an interview with Focus magazine of July 16.
Gabriel urged “everyone” to try and understand Moscow’s position on a range of international issues. “Putin is disappointed with the West”, he said, including because the EU held association talks with Ukraine without discussing the issue with Russia.
On the the sanctions policy, he noted that the EU decided that
“the Minsk agreements are supposed to be implemented 100% before the sanctions can be lifted 100%. I think it is unrealistic. It would have been right to gradually remove sanctions in order to show that we should take steps toward peace… Despite the fact that there are many reasons against it now, I advocate for the new Eastern policy and the policy of resolving tensions.”
In his view, however, before the the tensions between Russia and Germany can be reduced, the Ukrainian crisis must be resolved.
That led the Chairwoman of the Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche to comment that, while Gabriel’s stated wish to improve relations with Russia and to gradually lift the sanctions was constructive, what is needed is to publicly refute “the entire so-called ‘narrative’ of what led to the Ukraine crisis”.
That crisis was not caused by the alleged “annexation” of Crimea by Russia, she said, but was the result of a decades-long attempt to provoke “regime change”, that led to “a colour revolution in Kiev”. The United States State Department alone had spent 5 billion dollars by Feb. 2014 on “promoting democracy” in Ukraine, as former deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland publicly admitted at that time. The crisis became more acute, Zepp-LaRouche went on, when the EU rushed to bring Ukraine into an Association Agreeement, “which would have flooded Russia with EU products, because of the customs agreements between Russia and Ukraine”, and would have given NATO, by ricochet, “access to the ports on the Black Sea”.
The developments in Eastern Ukraine and the referendum in Crimea, which gave a majority to those favorable to joining Russia, were a reaction to the coup pulled off in Kiev by fascist, Banderista forces, supported by the West. This widespread “narrative” must be replaced with the truth, Zepp-LaRouche concluded, thereby pulling the rug under the main thrust of the anti- Putin propaganda.