Le Monde. Russia and the West face in Munich

Russia vs. all — Le Monde describes the situation in the conference on security in Munich, where he aggravated the discord between Russian and Western leaders on Syria, Ukraine, immigration crisis, and the rigidity of the discussions made us question the chances of success of the agreement on a temporary truce in Syria.

Before arriving in Munich the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in interview to the German Handelsblatt warned the Americans and their Arab partners in Syria from the beginning of the «new war», and then speaking at the forum, accused the NATO in the conduct hostile and closed policy toward Russia. Presenting «the apocalyptic list of crises» that confront the international community today, he laid on «unsuccessful attempts to transplant Western models of democracy» to blame for terrorism, migration and the Ukrainian crisis, the Arab spring, and as a bonus we now have a political crisis in Moldova, journalists write Frederick lemaître and Sylvie Kaufman.

In response to demands to stop bombing civilians in Syria, Medvedev said that «no evidence» it is not. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov even more rigidly destroyed the hope of success in Munich signed an agreement on Syria, calling its implementation is impossible because of the position of the Americans.

John Kerry, for his part, said that Russia has a choice: to fulfill the Minsk agreements, or be subject to sanctions. In addition, Washington reaffirmed the intention to increase four times the budget allocated for the strengthening of NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe. Us Secretary of state is not too upbeat on the situation in Syria: he sees «positive signs signifying the end of the war,» and regrets that Russian air strikes directed against the opposition, reports the newspaper.

Correspondents indicate that the majority of participants of the Munich conference were set even worse. «The Imperial aspirations of Russia — Eastern flank of NATO. The Alliance must strengthen its presence here», — said the President of Poland Andrzej Duda. «The cold war? Actually, it is already very hot, — said the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite. — Is there any difference between Syria and Ukraine? It is aggression. Terrorism.» In her opinion, the West is repeating the same mistake, «bowing» to Russia.

In turn, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of promoting the idea of «alternative Europe» where there is no tolerance, human rights are not respected, thriving religious bigotry and homophobia. «This Europe is their leader, Putin, and its forces — Pro-Russian parties across Europe», — quotes the words Poroshenko Le Monde.

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Le Monde. Russia and the West face in Munich 15.02.2016

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