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    By Brian Cloughley
    Source: Strategic Culture


    Meanwhile, in sanity land, Deutsche Welle reported on 2 October that “news of an agreement reached Tuesday between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists was met with optimism in Russia and Germany” with Chancellor Merkel, arguably the most able leader in Europe, saying that it is an “important step.” The move towards rapprochement resulted from agreement by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to allow local elections in the Donbass regions of Luhansk and Donetsk where there has been an uprising against the Kiev government by Russian-speaking, Russia-cultured separatists.

    This welcome development resulted in further optimism that there will be another series of discussions in the near future between Presidents Zelenskiy, Putin and Macron together with Chancellor Merkel, reviving the “Normandy Format” aimed at resolving the situation in eastern Ukraine on the lines of the peace agreement signed in Minsk in 2015.

    Not much appeared in the western media about these initiatives, but Xinhua reported the French foreign ministry as stating that “France welcomes this progress, which was facilitated by the intense negotiations conducted over the last few weeks within the so-called Normandy format between France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. The conditions have now been met for the forthcoming meeting of heads of state and government in the Normandy format aimed at making progress toward a lasting settlement of the conflict in Ukraine,” involving the separatists in the east of the country.

    Although the modest progress was generally welcomed in Europe, there was no endorsement from Washington. This is understandable, because the entire government and media of the United States are obsessed with a massive scandal involving President Trump’s intention to have Ukraine confirm that his main 2020 presidential election opponent, Joseph Biden, had been in some way involved in shady dealings with Ukraine’s government. Further, as Time magazine summed up matters, it is said that Ukraine had “found a way to conspire against [Trump] during the 2016 election, and to collude with his rival, Hillary Clinton, by hiding the Democratic National Committee’s email server and feeding her allies dirt about Trump.”

    More: https://astutenews.com/2019/10/09/washington-prefers-confrontation-with-russia-to-dialogue-and-cooperation/

    News you won’t hear about in the MSM indeed.

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  • #179988

    Cold Mountain Trail
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    and who is ‘astute news’?  i don’t see info

    strategic culture = 1 russian-sounding name affiliated with a uk university, one greek associated with the US Wilson center think tank (global issues), chaired by scott walker, former gov of Wisconsin, and vice-chair is someone from the ‘American Investment Council’.

    with Liz DeVos & Mike Pompeo on board.  Looking pretty right-wing to me.

    Then Patrick Armstrong, ex-Russia hand for the Canadian government & looking a bit R himself (e.g. “listen to Giuliani here…been to Ukraine & came back with a fistful of affidavits about Biden corruption…”:   https://profile.typepad.com/6p01a3fcd89ea4970b

    just good to know where people are coming from

    Brian Cloughley is a Pakistan specialist


  • #179997

    Ohio Barbarian
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    Well, I’m not so sure about that. I found this BBC article in less than a minute.

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to pull Ukrainian troops back all along the front line in the east, if Russian-backed rebels reciprocate.


    Mr Zelensky announced earlier this week that Ukrainian troops would pull back from two more villages next week – Zolote and Petrivske.

    “After that, he plans to disengage along the entire 400km, so that people stop dying along those 400km, and this will be phased,” the foreign minister said.

    France and Germany are the diplomatic guarantors working to restore peace. But no date has been set for a possible summit between Mr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    NPR also had a segment on this this morning, though it was more focused on the fact that most Ukrainians want a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict with Russia and don’t give a shit about Ukrainegate in the US.

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  • #180083

    Red Cloud
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    Title sounds like Trumpty Dumpty didn’t short circuit a short to mid range nuclear arms  deal with Russia. He did!


    Those missiles can hit Europe easily.

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