Can Minsk 2.0 Finally Bring Peace?

STANKEVICH: PROVIDING KIEV WITH MODERN ARMS WILL PUT WORLD ON BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR; EU LEADERS' UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO MOSCOW, KIEV A SIGN THAT WEST IS GIVING DIPLOMACY A CHANCE?

GIVE DIPLOMACY A CHANCE. (By political analyst Sergei Stankevich, expert with the Anatoly Sobchak Foundation. Izvestia, Feb. 9, 2015, p. 6. Condensed text:) In a rare diplomatic surprise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande set out on an unexpected and unplanned joint [whirlwind] tour: The leading European duo is due in Kiev one day, and in Moscow the next. This also comes hot on the heels of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Kiev.

There can be only one explanation for this flurry of activity on the part of top-level politicians: They want to see an immediate and drastic change in the Ukraine situation. . . .

It has become abundantly clear by February 2015 that neither of the two sides is capable of achieving victory in the Donetsk Basin conflict by force. The rebels, however, have sufficient resources to defend and expand their enclave, located along the Russian border. The situation could change drastically if the US and European NATO members start supplying modern lethal arms to Ukraine's government forces. This is the issue being actively discussed at various levels in the West right now.

If this happens, I expect the worst, and I shudder to think of what may happen. Modern weapons (especially portable ones) would quickly end up in the hands of "volunteer battalions" preparing to seize power in Kiev. Some of these state-of-the-art weapons would be sold to the Donetsk Basin rebels. Some would fall into the hands of international soldiers of fortune, possibly including members of jihadist terrorist groups. European politicians and media would only be left to marvel at how quickly and frequently the weapons they supplied to Ukraine would surface in all sorts ...

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