October 5th, 2015 –
Fort Russ – By: Joaquin Flores
The big news items focusing on Russian attacks on ISIS in Syria and the US’s response have distracted from last week’s Normandy Four talks on Ukraine, which concluded on Friday.
Ukraine and Syria are two theatres in one global conflict. Big gains for one side in one theatre provide for noteworthy improvements in their position of the other. Russian successes in the Syria campaign are considerable and no doubt have further pushed Germany to concede to Russia’s position on Crimea.
This is important in terms of policy, because EU sanctions on Russia are premised upon allegations that Crimea was annexed by Russia last year.
We can expect public and international reaction to this new tone by Merkel to be tested. After which, if it reactions are positive, the official and media talks and stories about ending the sanctions will increase in number. This is how the process works.
Yesterday, Sputnik ran the story that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has publically accepted the fact that Crimea doesn’t belong to Ukraine, for the first time. They reported that according to ,Alexei Pushkov, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Duma, Merkel let it be known that the peninsula will stay as part of Russia.
“Important: After a meeting in Paris, Merkel for the first time admitted that Crimea won’t return to Ukraine. That means the crisis is only about the east of the country,”
Pushkov published this on his official twitter.
Sputnik continues that << The leaders of the Normandy Quartet countries managed to agree on the procedure of the withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.