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Minsk Agreement Has Failed
Will the failure lead to Putin’s failure?
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It appears that the Russian government has made a mistake with regard to its approach to the breakaway Republics consisting of Russian peoples in former Russian territories who reject being governed by the anti-Russian coup government installed in Kiev by Washington. The Russian government could have ended the crisis by accepting the requests of these territories to be reunited with Russia. Instead, the Russian government opted for a diplomatic approach—hands off Donetsk and Luhansk—and this diplomacy has now failed. The coup government in Kiev never had any intention of keeping the Minsk agreement, and Washington had no intention of permitting the Minsk agreement to be kept. Apparently, even the realistic Putin succumbed to wishful thinking.

The Minsk agreement, which the Russian government backed for diplomatic reasons, has served to allow Washington time to train, equip, and mobilize much stronger forces now preparing to resume the attack on Donetsk and Luhansk. If these Republics are overrun, Vladimir Putin and Russia itself will lose all credibility. Whether Putin realizes it or not, Russia’s credibility is at stake on the Donetsk frontier, not in diplomatic meetings with Washington’s European vassals who are powerless to act outside of Washington’s control. If Washington prevails in Ukraine, Russia and China can forget about the BRICS and Eurasian trade groups offering alternatives to Washington’s economic hegemony. Washington intends to ensure its hegemony by prevailing in Ukraine.

In his description of the situation, the leader of the Donetsk Republic appears to be worn down by having lost the advantages over Ukraine that Donetsk had prior to the failed Minsk agreement: Perhaps he is thinking of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when Cassius says to Brutus, “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, when taken at the flood, leads on to fortune, omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries.”

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• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. alexander says:

    Dear Mr Roberts,

    Arguments have been made that the staged “coup” in the Ukraine, and the pressure being exerted by the Neocons, on Russia, serves as a tool of “backdoor” extortion, to force Putin, to give up his hold on the territorial integrity of Syria.
    The Neocons, at the goading of King Bibi, want to shatter the territorial integrity of Syria through a proxy war, so Israel can keep its coveted “Golan Heights”.

    They want to reduce Syria to a Chock o block of regional zones, cleaving off the “Golan” in the process.

    Putin, though not completely backing Assad, per say, does back Syria as a legitimate nation state, and seeks its integrity as such, to remain.

    This is consistent with International law, and all the provisions of the Geneva conventions.

    What Israel wants to do, and its proxy’s , the Neocons, is to shatter Syria, and they do not give a hoot, if a million innocent people die in the process.

    This is a violation of International law and a rejection of the Geneva conventions.

    The Neocons want to promise much enmity and strife on Russia, through the Ukraine civil war, if Mr Putin does not release Syria to the hounds of fragmentation.

    The proxy wars are set in motion, and the good ole USA , nearly insolvent at the 13 trillion dollar spending spree of the Neocons, for feckless war, has had to sit, at the behest of King Bibi, yet again on the wrong side of the law….So King Bibi can steal that which he “covets”. and that which belongs to Syria……

    …..The Golan Heights !

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