Thursday, June 14, 2018

Missing the Occupation Forest Because of the Ceasefire Trees

I'm told this is good news:

Germany and France are voicing cautious optimism that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but said no agreement was reached on deploying a UN peacekeeping mission there.

That assessment came from the foreign ministers of France and Germany after a meeting with their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts in Berlin on June 11 in their first attempt at reviving peace talks in over a year.

This assessment only indicates Russian foreign policy prowess, as far as I can tell.

By getting Europeans to negotiate over the strength of the ceasefire, Europeans gloss over the fact that pushing Russians out of Russian-occupied Ukraine in the eastern Donbas and Crimea remains off the table for discussions.