After all diplomatic efforts to end fighting in eastern Ukraine by means of a peaceful solution have failed so far, the leaders of France and Germany have initiated new peace talks in Minsk on Wednesday. Many observers consider this as possibly the last chance for a peaceful solution of the conflict (though peace is always … Continue reading Last chance for peace?
During the last weeks the situation in eastern Ukraine has deteriorated rapidly with heavy fighting and consequently increasing victims not only among the combatants, but especially among civilians. This year within only three weeks until 1 February at least 224 civilians have been killed and 545 wounded as a result of fighting in the conflict … Continue reading No peace in Ukraine
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
According to media reports (ITAR-TASS article) Ukraine plans to import nuclear fuel for its nuclear power plants in future from the US based company Westinghouse, thus replacing nuclear fuel originating from Russia. Ukrainian state owned company Energoatom and Westinghouse, which biggest owner is the Japanese Toshiba group, have signed an agreement on nuclear fuel delivery … Continue reading Ukraine to import US nuclear fuel
As economic crisis in Russia deepens with the Russian rubel in free fall, the United States and the European Union both announced to impose further sanctions on Russia at the end of this week. US president Obama has decided to sign legislation on Friday that sanctions the Russian energy and military sector and over that … Continue reading Russia: New sanctions to enforce regime change?
More than 60 more or less famous persons from German politics, economy, culture and media signed an open letter warning of a war with Russia. Among the signers are Roman Herzog (former president), Mario Adorf (actor), Eberhard Diepgen (former mayor of Berlin), Gerhard Schröder (former chancellor and known friend of Putin). The main concern is … Continue reading German celebrities warn of war with Russia