It’s not news that the separatists in eastern Ukraine receive and still receive support from foreign volunteers who join their fight against government forces (as e. g. mentioned here). But an article from the German “Zeit”-magazine could suggest that the fight in eastern Ukraine might become a Mecca for Russian Germans (“Russaki”) who consider the … Continue reading Russian Germans – the new extremists?
One headache of the European Union could become true in the next days as an impending cut of Russian gas supplies through Ukraine would hit Europe at a critical time. Gazprom announced that it will stop the transfer of gas to and through Ukraine if the country won’t pay for deliveries within the next two … Continue reading Russia’s gas weapon right on time
It seems that regarding the currently suffering EU-Russia relationship an alternative to sanctions and diplomatic punishments could be coming up. The German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Russia negotiations over a free trade agreement between the European Union and Russia. The German government sees this offer as an incentive for … Continue reading Germany offers Russia free trade agreement
The planned Ukraine summit on 15 January in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana might not necessarily take place as recent media reports suggest. Ukraine’s president Petro Porosehnko initiated the meeting with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France in order to find a peaceful solution for the conflict in eastern Ukraine. French president Francois Hollande stated to … Continue reading Doubts on Ukraine summit in Kazakhstan
The conflict in Ukraine puts German and Russian relationship under stress as can be well seen in recent articles from German media. The opinions (public opinion) mainly appears to be divided in voices that blame Russia and especially Putin as main culprit for the situation in Ukraine and such voices that accuse USA and NATO … Continue reading Russia and the Ukraine-conflict in German view
German politicians are currently very active in keeping up diplomacy between Ukraine and Russia in order to find a (peaceful) solution for the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Kiev today for talks with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and travelled after that to Moscow to meet his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov. … Continue reading German diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine