Last Monday meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko «has shown that neither in Kiev, nor in Berlin look at this conflict has not undergone cardinal changes»: both politicians expressed concern about the latest events in the Donbas, Poroshenko again accused Moscow of conducting a hybrid war against Ukraine and urged not only to extend but also to expand sanctions against Russia, writes Stefan Braun in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. In Kiev, as the author notes, have long been demanding a tougher policy towards Moscow. The former head of the German foreign Minister Steinmeier also pointed out that the responsibility for the crisis lies in Moscow and the separatists.
But lately the German government «not only marks a new escalation along the line of contact, but largely lays the blame on the Ukrainian side,» the article says.
According to the Berlin-based, in particular, on the reports of the OSCE mission in Eastern Ukraine, «currently, the Ukrainian military is trying to change the front line in their favor.» In political circles in Berlin believe that «they purposely increase the tension.» This «can hide the hope that the situation will worsen so that will stop the plans of the new US President Donald trump on the easing of sanctions». Poroshenko, according to the version of Berlin, «is going to try anything, but would in the end derail the lifting of sanctions».
«The German government, of course, is concerned: the calculation of Kiev can be counterproductive, writes brown. — Trump can go on the easing of sanctions regardless of the situation on the contact line, and Kiev will harm yourself twice, having the improvement of the situation in Russia with simultaneous intensification of the conflict in the Donbas.» Whatever it was, but while in Berlin, «no one can predict whether they will be able to dissuade Kiev from similar provocations».
The Süddeutsche Zeitung. The Calculation Of Kiev 31.01.2017