Germany sees ‘no grounds for optimism’ in Ukraine conflict

From a pragmatic perspective, it doesn’t seem as if Russia has stopped its land grab. The moment of peace is only time for further war preparations. Sadly, NATO isn’t prepared nor obliged to defend Ukraine, as it’s not a member nation. America has little or no tanks left in Europe, either. Furthermore, the Russians have given strong hints that they could push as far as Poland and strike 30 minutes before NATO could even prepare. Stop Putin now or pay the price later, it was once said.

 

Moscow (AFP) – Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday he was not optimistic about an end to the conflict in Ukraine because of a “dangerous” escalation of fighting in the east.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the downbeat assessment after NATO’s secretary-general spoke of a “very serious build-up” of troops, artillery and air defence systems inside Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border.

Steinmeier was the first senior European minister to visit Moscow since July, in a sign of how relations between the West and Russia have dived to a post-Cold War low over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“There are no grounds for optimism in the current situation,” Steinmeier said at a press conference after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. Continue reading