BERLIN/KIEV/MOSCOW (Own report) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is convinced that the West will be “victorious” in the power struggle with Moscow. Merkel told the Munich Security Conference on the weekend that the Ukraine conflict “cannot be won” with military means. That is why “a new way must be found.” Comparing the current power struggle to the Cold War, she reaffirmed, “I am a hundred percent convinced that, with our principles, we will win.” Earlier, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, had expressed a similar view proposing that a “double strategy” be applied in the West’s power struggle with Russia. According to the journal of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the power struggle, which currently cannot won with military means, should be returned “from the military to the economic level.” To this effect, Berlin has launched a diplomatic offensive that should lead to talks in Minsk on Wednesday.
From a Position of Strength
In January, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, commented on the nature of these initiatives – being promoted as a “peace policy.” According to Ischinger, in the power struggle with Russia, it is necessary to negotiate “from a position of strength.” NATO must achieve this. In fact, last week, NATO’s defense ministers decided to initiate the creation of a “spearhead” rapid response force, able to deploy at very short notice, for possible combat in Eastern Europe, with Germany assuming the leading military role. Simultaneously, Ischinger calls for developing the “second pillar” of a “double strategy.” The “first step” could be to initiate cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to create “a conflation of containment and engagement.” According to the current issue of the DGAP journal “Internationale Politik,” EU-EEU cooperation could merely be considered a “contest between two integration projects,” with which the power struggle can be returned to the level of “economics” and away from the military. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.) This is, in no way, the end of the power struggle.
The Small Difference
If one compares the strategy described by Ischinger and Merkel being applied against Russia, one realizes there is a major difference today to that of the confrontation of the two systems. The western militaries are no longer constrained at the earlier borders separating the Federal Republic of Germany from the German Democratic Republic. In the Baltic countries they are regularly operating on territories that had been part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine and Georgia provide them access to former Soviet territory, where they are making their maneuvers. In eastern Ukraine’s civil war, neo-Nazi battalions  are fighting alongside the West against Russia. Moscow views all this, militarily, as happening on its last lines of defense, which it must secure at all costs, if it does not intend to completely give up its national sovereignty. With its provocations staged along these lines of defense, the West is not merely playing with fire; it is playing with the conflagration of a large-scale war.