Berlin will help Zelensky to defeat Donbass

In the Bundestag they found a way to “frighten” Russia

Deputies of the German Bundestag from the faction of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) proposed a new strategy to resolve the situation in the Donbas. This was reported by the newspaper Bild.


The strategy was called “The world in Ukraine needs a new impulse”. The document proposes to involve the UN mission or additional forces of the German civilian police to exert “more pressure” and “intimidation” to Russia. Deputies are confident that this step will help to incline the parties to negotiations and bring the resolution of the conflict closer.


In particular, the deputy Renata Alt said that Germany should support Ukraine even more, and also act “more decisively”. She also appreciated the decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the simplified receipt of Russian passports – in her opinion, he makes it clear that Moscow “despises a peaceful solution to the conflict.”


Recall that the relevant decree was signed by the Russian leader on April 24, and he received a mass of critical responses, both from the side of Ukrainian politicians and in the West. The essence of this criticism is that Moscow allegedly legalizes the “occupation”, although, according to the official position of Russia, this is done for humanitarian reasons.


It is worth noting that the winner of the presidential elections in Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, expressed a desire to hold talks with the Russian leader, but only in the “Norman format”, in the presence of the heads of Germany and France. He expressed the hope that at the next meeting in the “Norman format” Russia will show readiness for de-escalation.


Putin offered to issue Russian passports not only to residents of the DNR and the LNR, but also to all Ukrainians.

In his opinion, the step towards settlement can be the exchange of citizens of the two countries in the “all-to-all” format. The elected president is confident that “true normalization” will occur only after “complete de-occupation” of Donbass and Crimea.


“Ukraine is not giving up! In every sense of the word,” – he stressed.


Recall also that the topic of entering the UN peacekeeping force into the conflict zone has been discussed for a long time. Moscow is not against entering peacekeepers, but believes that the mission is needed solely to protect OSCE staff and should be located on the line of demarcation. The Ukrainian side and the Western countries supporting it insist on bringing peacekeepers to the entire depth of the conflict zone, right up to the border with Russia. In addition, Kiev insists that the mission should not include Russians and citizens from the allied countries of Russia.


– Each country’s parliament has its own freaks, – explains political analyst Alexander Dudchak.


– Probably, Renate Alt from the FDP, a chemical engineer by training, also likes this role. Perhaps she is not quite aware of what is happening in the Donbass, and is not interested in the problems of Ukraine. From such statements pulls naphthalene, they are not constructive and meaningless.


– What can they scare Russia with? New sanctions?


– Renata Alt has a technical education, which means that she can even cope with a calculator – why not count the losses incurred by Germany and lost jobs due to participation in sanctions?

– Can Berlin play a new role in the Ukrainian question with the advent of the new president in this country?


  • Berlin could play an important role in the Ukrainian issue if Mrs. Merkel admitted that in February 2014 Germany had made not just a mistake, but a crime, not condemning a coup d’état in the country, one of the consequences of which was the war in Donbass.


– This is the agony of the German position regarding Donbass, – said Andrei Tikhonov, an expert at the Center for Political Analysis.


  • It is not even revanchism to suggest sending the German police there (that is, the most policemen!), This is idiocy. The FDP is an ultraliberal party, it cannot be suspected of phantom imperial pains, it is simply an unconscious mind reading Hayek.


  • Do you support other FDP parties?


– Free Democrats have always been the third superfluous, their role was to create a coalition with one of the big parties. With the advent of “green” and this role has come to naught. It remains only to be engaged in projecting.

However, the “green” may well support colleagues. They are also prone to radicalism.


– What they can scare Russia with?


– Germany itself can not scare Russia. Free democrats can count on friends from overseas.


– What does it mean to change the president of Ukraine for Germany?


– For Germany, Zelensky is a new chance. It is no secret that Merkel was against Poroshenko, lobbying for Klitschko. Now Berlin has the opportunity to become a senior partner of Kiev and push Washington back.


– After the last election, the Free Democratic Party failed to agree on a coalition with the CDU-CSU, mainly due to disagreements on the issue of refugees, and therefore now periodically criticizes the ruling coalition, – reminds the political commentator of the Ukrainian newspaper 2000, Dmitry Galkin.


– This time, the FDP faction decided to demonstrate that the government is flirting with Russia excessively and is not daring to take drastic measures to resolve the Donbass conflict.


– Will the other parties support the initiative?


  • Most likely, the FDP bill will not receive support from other parliamentary parties: the parties from the CDU-CSU and SPD coalition will not voluntarily complicate the situation. “Left”, “Alternative for Germany” do not share the opinion that pressure on Russia should be increased. The Greens are direct electoral competitors of the FDP (although theoretically they can support their initiative).


– How adequate is this proposal, given that Moscow’s position on this issue is unchanged and well known?


– This initiative is not aimed at taking any concrete steps, but at demonstrating that pressure should be increased on Russia in order to force it to agree to a political settlement in the Donbass as soon as possible. The proposal of the FDP has not a practical, but a symbolic meaning.


– Will the policy of Berlin in this direction change with the change of power in Ukraine?


  • The policy of Berlin will remain unchanged. Germany will support the Ukrainian leadership in matters of fundamental importance (such as the preservation of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine), to counteract the escalation of the Donbass conflict and to call on the opposing sides to its peaceful settlement. To make any additional efforts in order to force Russia to agree to the return of the Donbass to the political space of Ukraine, Berlin, most likely, will not.


– Will Zelensky cling to this initiative? How can his relationship with Germany?


Zelensky now needs to demonstrate that there are some other ways of peaceful settlement in the Donbass, in addition to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. On the one hand, he cannot achieve the adoption of laws on amnesty and on the special status of the LNR-DNR within Ukraine (which is necessary for the implementation of the Minsk agreements). On the other hand, he must demonstrate goodwill and a desire to end the armed confrontation, because otherwise he will quickly lose the current level of public support. In such a situation, it would be perfectly logical if he pretended that the FDP initiative is of practical importance.