Merkel Wants Talks With Russia Despite Sanctions – EU and NATO Split
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the continuation of talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, despite Western sanctions over the situation in Ukraine. Both the EU and NATO become increasingly split between the US/UK axis and several continental European countries.
German media pundits could observe that the discourse in German media since the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy was as split as the European Union and NATO. The cracks are widening.
Last weekend, the Frankfurter Allgemeine’s (FAZ) Sunday edition published an article under the motto “A show of Strength” which objective observers would describe as bellicose propaganda and calls for “a war on Russia”.
Handelsblatt publisher Gabor Steingart retaliated against the FAZ with a column. Steingart accused the editorial board at the FAZ of “openly calling for a strike against Russia”, saying that the phrases used in the FAZ article amount to “an ideological conscription order”.
The editorial policy of the FAZ is largely compliant with policy dictates from Washington and London. Don’t forget that Germany still has not regained its sovereignty. Handelsblatt, for its part, is more representative of German interests, especially German capital interest, of course.
It is against the backdrop of this over-heated rhetoric that Merkel, on Wednesday, made a statement to the Saechische Zeitung. The German Chancellor unequivocally said:
“I’m trying very much not to break off negotiations with the Russian President despite sanctions”.
Merkel added that she always had urged constructive dialog with Moscow and that she is ready to continue it.
Merkel also added that “the EU position emphasized territorial integrity”. Those with ears to hear probably realized that Merkel did not say the German, but the EU position emphasized territorial integrity. Anything else would have left her wide open to the growing number of Germans who are asking questions about the territorial integrity of Germany.
The numbers of Germans who openly challenge the fact that Germany still has not regained its sovereignty continues growing; and that despite desperate attempts by CIA, MI6, and double-agents within Germany’s BND to denounce anyone who challenges the status quo as neo-Nazi.
Even though the fact was largely omitted by the U.S. and UK press, it were Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, who early on warned the new powers at be in Kiev against using heavy military weaponry against Ukrainians.
During a joint statement in Berlin in May 2014, Merkel and Hollande stressed that the use of the Ukrainian military was only allowed to protect civilian lives and infrastructure.The two implied that the use of Ukraine’s military against Ukrainian citizens could amount to war crimes.
The EU and NATO become increasingly split between an US/UK dominated Atlantic Axis and countries like Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, plus Austria and Switzerland who are opposed to the US/UK attempt to drive continental Europe and Russia into a conflict. The French position in this regard is changing towards a continental European axis, although old and new French – German rivalries make it difficult for the Hollande administration to show color. German opposition against the French usurpation of West Africa is one of the hot potatoes which stress French – German relations.
It is also noteworthy that an opinion poll from April 2014 shows that only 45 percent of the polled Germans view Germany as a country that is a solidly anchored part of the West.
Not surprisingly, there is a significant variance in opinions, depending on whether one asks people in the western or in the eastern Federal States.
Only 31 percent in the eastern Federal States, the former German Democratic Republic, perceive Germany as “solidly anchored in the western alliance” while 60 percent would like to see Germany assuming a “position in-between”, reported ARD, citing the DeutschlandTrend poll.
Only 40 percent approved of NATO’s increased presence in NATO’s eastern air-space, while 53 percent disapproved.
It is worth noting that these opinions have been strongly biased by a borderline hysteric anti-Russian propaganda in German and western media and warmongering by the Frankfurter Allgemeine and their likes.
Finally, there was a clear signal from both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In June, after Poland, a traditional ally of the UK, invited the increased presence of U.S./NATO troops over the situation in Ukraine. The Czech Republic and Slovakia responded by stating that they would not accept any foreign troops or NATO bases on their territories.
What is truly something for “Feinschmecker” is that Merkel stated that Germany wants to continue a dialog with Moscow, and the EU emphasizes territorial integrity. A German “Feinschmecker” would say “das muss man sich auf der Zunge zergehen lassen”. I’m sure Putin will, together with a glass of Subrovka.
CH/L – nsnbc 13.08.2014