On U.S.-Russian-German Relations

Here are three recent items, pertaining to the developing situation between the U.S., Russia and Germany, as regards the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.

Open Revolt among Christian Democrats forces NATO faction into Retreat

German Bundestag member Peter Gauweiler (CSU), one of the leading critics of the anti-Russia policies of the government, EU and NATO, harshly denounced NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in an interview with the ARD TV morning magazine show, yesterday morning, saying that he is a man who wants to extinguish the fire with gasoline. “I view this man as an absolute catastrophe.” This came in response to Rasmussen’s unfounded, hysterical remarks in a newspaper interview May 4, that NATO was prepared for a potential Russian attack on Estonia. Gauweiler’s words resemble the verdict by German-Russian Forum Chairman Wolfgang Platzek, who said in a TV talk show 10 days ago that “three more such statements, and we will have World War III,” denouncing Rasmussen’s belligerent attitude. Gauweiler added in the interview that what was urgently required now, was a Kissinger-style shuttle diplomacy between the EU and Russia.
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Another front on which there is increasing rebellion in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own CDU, is the issue of the party’s foreign policy spokesman Philipp Missfelder, who attended the St. Petersburg birthday party for German ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder a week ago, and on this occasion also met, along with other prominent German politicians, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Volker Kauder, Merkel’s whip in the Christian Democrats’ parliamentary group, originally wanted to stage some kind of tribunal against Missfelder at today’s weekly group session, but was forced to retreat, because the entire North Rhine-Westphalia section of the CDU — the largest of the party’s sections in the Bundestag — openly sided with Missfelder, backing his courage to break Merkel’s boycott of political contact with the Russian leadership, and to fly to St. Petersburg to talk to Putin.

German and Kiev Governments to Blame for Slavyansk Arrest of Military Observers

In an interview with Germany’s state-run radio program DLF, former inspector-general of the Bundeswehr Gen. Harald Kujat (ret.) said yesterday morning that the German Defense Minister is to blame for the situation that led to the arrest of the German-led military inspectors’ team in Slavyansk, on April 25. Kujat said that the Vienna document on which such observer mission deployments are based, states as a precondition, and does so explicitly, that the government that invites such a mission — in this case the interim regime in Kiev — is obliged to guarantee the security of foreign observers, which is particularly important if the risks are great in areas that are to be observed.
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Kujat voiced doubts that Kiev ever cared about such guarantees, and said that the German Defense Ministry was obliged to check if the guarantees were there, before okaying the deployment of its observers. For Germany, it has to be assessed clearly before such deployments, if the expected benefit of the mission would outweigh the risks. These remarks will certainly play a role in the upcoming hearings in the Bundestag on the entire affair.Kujat otherwise emphasized that the OSCE, not least because Russia is also a member, is a good and independent channel for diplomatic efforts to cool down the crisis. And the OSCE can be an acceptable partner for Russia, since all other Western institutions have totally ceased to talk to Moscow on the same eye-level, and NATO has even called off the joint council meetings with Russia.

Obama’s British Witches Man White House Phone Bank for War

Valerie Jarrett and piggy-bank Penny Pritzker, two of Obama’s British witch-controllers, are running a White House phone bank with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Obama economic advisor Jeff Zients, to bully US corporate CEOs into cancelling their plans to attend Russian President Vladimir Putin’s St Petersburg Economic Forum May 22-24, the New York Times reported today.

They have reportedly strong-armed the CEOs of Alcoa, Goldman, Pepsi, Morgan Stanley, and ConocoPhillips to back out. But the executives are upset that they will be penalized in either case. A source at a closed Moscow meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow last week said, “The understanding is that those who chose to go will be on the Obama administration’s dog list. One US executive at today’s meeting warned that Putin/Kremlin will closely watch which US CEOs cancel, and their Russia business will be impacted.”

Queen’s NYTimes Threatens the Germans

The New York Times ran vitriolic threats yesterday against those Germans who balk at war with Russia, under the headline “Why Germans Love Russia,” and over the byline of Clemens Wergin, foreign editor of Die Welt. He says even former Chancellors Schroeder and Schmidt say “NATO and the European Union were the real aggressors, because they dared to expand into territory that belonged to Moscow’s legitimate sphere of interest.” It gets worse. The polls which show Germans opposing war “revealed how a shady network of Russia’s supporters has shaped public discourse in Germany. Even dialogue forums co-sponsored by the Russian and German governments are full of friends of Mr. Putin, even on the German side.”

He even manages to smear war opponents with Nazism: “For decades, Germany has tried to come to terms with its fascist past. And now, in another country, there comes a leader who is trying to stabilize his regime by pursuing aggression abroad on the grounds of ethnic nationalism. For anyone who has grappled with Germany’s past, this case should have been an easy call. It’s a test too many of my compatriots have failed….”

In reality, it’s the pro-American Germans who are leading the drive against London’s war policy, as any listing of those leaders would show immediately.

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