An Appeal to Angela Merkel to Fulfil Her Obligations Under Minsk II

Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel, I write this appeal to the person who I believe more than anyone holds the key to peace or war in Ukraine and possibly even Europe as a whole. As you are well aware, thanks in part to the role you played in brokering the 2nd Minsk agreement, there is at this current point in time relative calm in Ukraine. Yes there are occasional ceasefire violations — ceasefires almost never bring about perfect peace — but the […]

Chapter 21: In Which Barack Obama Gets the Wrong Country Again

I posed the question last week of whether Kiev has any obligations under Minsk II. This was not of course intended to be a serious question, but rather a cynical one, the point being that two of the guarantors of that agreement — France and Germany — along with the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council had made a statement speaking of Russia’s obligations (even though Russia has no such obligations, not being a party in the conflict, nor […]

Does Kiev Have Any Obligations Under Minsk II?

The leaders of Germany, France, the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council held a video conference on Tuesday. After the talks, the German Chancellor’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, had this to say: “This means the sanctions [against Russia] can only be lifted if the Minsk agreement is fully implemented. At the same time, they confirmed they were ready to apply further sanctions in the case of a renewed escalation.” Ain’t that nice. There was me thinking that Minsk II placed […]