Published On: Sat, May 10th, 2014

Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine’s Regions Before Elections

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialog with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK  “Atlantic Axis” targeting the region and Europe with a Russian – European conflict. 

Not too far apart for peace?

Not too far apart for a European peace?

Merkel and Hollande issued a joint statement on Saturday May 10, stressing that authorities in Kiev initiate a national dialog with Ukraine’s region before the planned elections, focusing on vital issues including constitutional change, changes to the legal system of Ukraine and decentralization.

The two European leaders added that the OSCE would be playing an important role in this process. Merkel and Hollande urged Kiev to present the plans for constitutional change within no more than a few days and to pledge that the authorities in Kiev would help to assure the regions’ stability, safety and prosperity.

With regard to Kiev’s use of military force and the escalating violence in southeastern Ukraine, Merkel and Hollande stressed that force must only be used to protect infrastructure, adding that “all parties to the conflict should give up violence and provocative action”.

The two statesmen stressed that all unavoidable use of force should be proportionate and aimed at protecting people and infrastructure. Merkel and Hollande suggested the need to put an end to illegal armed groups in the country and that disarmament of the population under supervision of the OSCE, starting from May 15.

Odessa_massacre_PTVThe two statesmen called for an immediate investigation of the unlawful use of force in Ukraine, specifically in Odessa and Mariupol, and expressed their deep regret over the loss of life. Merkel and Hollande also urged Kiev to adopt an amnesty law as soon as possible.

46 were killed and over 200 needed medical attention during a massacre in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa on Friday. A detailed study of the evidence revealed that the massacre has been a premeditated, well prepared “mass casualty event” with involvement of Pravy Sector. At least 9 anti-Maidan protesters were killed in Mariupul. Scores of others in the city of Slavyansk and other cities throughout southeastern Ukraine.

Rift between Atlantic Axis and Europe and the Genesis of the “crisis in Ukraine”. 

The intervention by Merkel and Hollande suggest a growing rift between the US/UK “Atlantic Axis” and continental Europe and European resistance against the US/UK engineering of a crisis in Ukraine for geopolitical reasons.

The genesis of the so-called crisis over Ukraine dates back to 2007, and the discovery of the world’s largest known natural gas reserves in the Persian Gulf, shared by Qatar and Iran. While an US led consortium was planning for the Nabucco pipeline project and the integration of the newly found Qatari resources into the greater plans around the Nabucco project, an Iranian – Iraqi – Syrian consortium began the construction of an Iran – Iraq – Syria pipeline from Iran to the Syrian Mediterranean coast.

Iran - Iraq - Syria pipeline. Click on image to enlarge.

Iran – Iraq – Syria pipeline. Click on image to enlarge.

The Iran – Iraq – Syria pipeline, together with the Russian South Stream pipeline, would have meant that the EU would receive significantly more than 45 percent of the natural gas it would consume over the coming 100 – 120 years from Iranian and Russian sources.

The development would have been welcome by Russia, by Germany, by France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, and other EU members, knowing that the development could bring both peace, stability and prosperity to Europe. The development was, on the other hand, utterly unacceptable for Israel and the United States as well as the UK. One major factor is that the development would have endowed Iran with greater influence over EU Middle East/Palestine policy. For the US/UK axis, the development was and remains unacceptable because the US would lose its hegemonic predominance over central Europe. It must be noted that the “2004 crisis in Ukraine” was a precursor of the current developments.

In 2007, the government of Qatar transferred 10 billion dollar to Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Davotoglu, earmarked for radicalizing and militarizing Syria’s and Turkey’s Muslim Brotherhood for the purpose of subverting the Syrian government with the help of “rebels”.

Dumas, photo courtesy of SANAIn 2009, top-British officials asked the former French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas, if he wanted to “participate in subverting the Syrian government with the help of rebels”. In June 2013, the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs appeared in a TV interview with the French TV Channel LPC, saying:

“I am going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me, that they were preparing something in Syria”.

Dumas continued, indicating that the subversion and invasion of the Syrian Arab Republic with the help of “rebels” was primarily a British plan, saying:

“This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister of Foreign Affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I am French, that does not interest me” 

With regard to the Israeli role, Dumas said:

“This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and planned… in the region it is important to know that this Syrian regime has a very anti-Israeli stance”.

“Consequently, everything that moves in the region…- and I have this from a former Israeli Prime Minister who told me ´we will try to get on with our neighbors but those who don´t agree with us will be destroyed. It is a type of politics, a view of history, why not after all. But one should  know about it”.

The “crisis in Ukraine” and the US/UK push for creating a 4th generation war in Ukraine became increasingly difficult to avert as Syria developed into a stalemate without a decisive US/Israeli victory. Tensions over Syria made trust-building between the EU and Russia difficult. Both were aware of the risk that a 2004 scenario in Ukraine would be likely. In 2012 the EU and Russia failed to reach a comprehensive agreement over energy-security, leading to the 3rd EU Energy Package. The US/UK plan to create a lack of convergence in the energy-security requirements of the EU and Russia had succeeded. From here on, the path toward the US/UK engineered 4th generation war in Ukraine was predictable and difficult to avoid.

The Statement, issued by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Saturday, suggest, at the very least, a German, French, most probably also Czech, Austrian, Swiss, Italian, Greek and other attempt to oppose US/UK 4th generation war plans for Ukraine, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe. The question for Merkel and Germany is, ultimately, how sovereign Germany can act without Washington.

Ch/L – nsnbc 10.05.2014

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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