Trump, Merkel express support for Minsk Accords process
After her March
17 meeting with U.S. President Trump, German Chancellor Merkel told reporters that they
plan to make more efforts to fulfill the Minsk Accords, which have reached an impasse.
She referred to ensuring a secure and sovereign Ukraine from one end, as well as
improving relations with Russia once problems are resolved. She stressed that Trump
supports the Minsk Accords.
The next day,
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Mariana Betsa issued a statement that the Russian
government has yet to fulfill any of the 13 points of the Minsk Two agreement and its
political will to do so is “absolutely absent.” “The events of the last month became a
revealing demonstration of the Kremlin’s intent to continue the course towards escalating
the armed conflict that it started, as well as its disinterest in upholding the
obligations it took upon itself,” she said.
Zawada: The Minsk
Accords are at a complete dead end. That Trump and Merkel reiterated their support for
them indicates they have no other plan in mind to resolve the war in Donbas. Meanwhile,
Trump has yet to reach a breakthrough in relations with Putin, as he had promised during
his presidential campaign. Western leaders are going to continue to avoid the Donbas
situation for as long they can, until the fighting becomes intense enough that it will
begin to draw media attention again. And then they will return to trying to implement the
impotent Minsk Accords, in an effort to show the public they’re doing something in a
situation where very little can be accomplished.
It’s worth noting that a frozen conflict, which we view as among the
best outcomes for the warfare, is no longer a likely scenario. What’s more likely now is
a permanent conflict that constantly plays in the background of Ukrainian politics, and
just below the radars of the Western media, which is used as a useful geopolitical lever
by the Kremlin. Putin will exacerbate and decelerate the conflict in order to achieve his
geopolitical goals at any given moment.
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