The Kremlin resumes its war against Ukraine, how should the EU react? | Marieluise Beck, German Bundestag

Illustrative photo. Source: UNIAN

Illustrative photo. Source: UNIAN 

Op-ed

Article by: Marieluise Beck, Member of the Bundestag

The arms never rested in Donbas. But now the war escalated again. The city of Avdiivka is bombarded from heavy artillery and rockets located in the living areas of Donetsk. Up to 20.000 people had to flee for their lives. Under extremely cold conditions the people had to persist with emergency heating, without electricity and flowing water. Up to 400.000 people are fearing the same destiny.

This is a humanitarian catastrophe in the middle of Europe. We don’t have the time to discuss the content of the telephone conversation between President Trump and President Putin. Also we don’t have the time to speculate over the military actions of the Russian-sponsored warlords happening at the same time.

Distinct actions of the European Union now are more required than ever.

European politicians have to show that they have enough strength and determination to compensate for the recent unpredictability of the United States. Europe has to push for an immediate ceasefire. People singing in the choir of populists today and speculating over lifting sanctions are sending the signal „go on“ to Putin. Brussels has to help the suffering people with humanitarian measures. It has to send the political message to the Kremlin and it´s Warlords that every following inhumanity will have consequences for them.

Today it’s not clear which external political direction will prevail in Washington. The political closeness between President Trump and President Putin promises nothing good. The similarity in the ideologies of Bannon and Dugin is frightening. However, the comments of the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Hiley concerning the offensive in the Donbas could allude that even President Trump is not willing to accept the Russian aggression.

The cohesion of Europe towards Russia will be tested during the upcoming national elections. Right now, it still exists: more than a month ago the EU confirmed their sanctions against the Kremlin.

It’s necessary to stand for this policy during negotiations with Washington and to advocate for prolonging sanctions. The addressee of the diplomatic efforts should not only be the White House but also the Senate of the United States.

The lack of a resolute answer and the desire to avoid every conflict with Russia will be interpreted as weakness and the Kremlin knows how to exploit it. The Europeans have to convey this painful experience, gained from Russia’s conflicts with its neighbors, to their transatlantic partners.

Any political compromise, including the Minsk agreements, should be examined regarding the question of what the Kremlin really wants. Is the Kremlin really interested in stabilizing Ukraine? Or does it need the Donbas as an ongoing trouble spot?

The order of peace and security on our continent was developed by the US and Russia together. This order is now under question because of Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. Germany and the EU have to vigorously defend this order.

For Ukraine, this means that the EU has to do everything to stabilize the country economically and politically.

There can be no deal between President Trump and President Putin at the expense of Ukraine.

Apart from that, the prospects of Ukraine’s EU membership have to be maintained, even if today the EU today is tired of new members and Ukraine is still a long way away from the possibility of entering the EU. By fulfilling the conditions needed for visa liberalization, Ukraine proved its willingness to reform. Now the EU has to keep its promise.

Of course the persistence of the old system remains strong. But there are new young people from the civil society, oriented towards Europe, urging the reforms in their country with the help of the international pressure on Ukraine. The reform movement is threatened not only by the Kremlin but also by the corrupt elites of its own country, who will profit from the EU’s refusal of Ukraine.

Only with the help of the EU can Ukraine succeed in transforming its economy and society. Ukraine would become a positive example for the whole region. It’s in the vital interest of the EU to use this opportunity.

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Marieluise Beck, Member of the Bundestag

Chairwoman of the parliamentary faction of „Bündnis 90/Die Grünen“ in the External Commitee Speaker for Eastern European policy of the faction „Bündnis 90/Die Grünen“

Translated by: Oleg Friesen
Edited by: Alya Shandra
Source: In Ukrainian on eurointegration.com.ua
Source: In German on euromaidanpress.com

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  • veth

    08.02.17 23:25 US to keep “Crimean” sanctions against Russia, – White House press secretary Spicer
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has confirmed its stance regarding sanctions on Russia imposed following its occupation of Ukrainian Crimea.
    White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Wednesday in Washington, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

    According to him, Ambassador Nikki Haley made it very clear in the United Nations that these sanctions will continue until Russia withdraws from Crimea.

    Read more: Lifting Russia sanctions out of question as Minsk agreements not implemented, – Polish foreign minister says

    Spicer also reminded there was another set of sanctions against Russia over its aggression in eastern Ukraine, noting he would not like to run ahead of legislation in this regard.

  • veth

    Court ruled to arrest terrorist Zakharchenko

    The Court of Appeal upheld the charges of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in respect of the ORDLO terrorist leader.

    KYIV (QHA) –
    Kyiv Court of Appeal granted the appeal and allowed the Prosecutor to detain the “DPR” terrorist organization leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko to participate in consideration of motion on preventive punishment in the form of detention, according to the press service of the court.

    “Grant permission for detention of A. Zakharchenko for the purpose of participating in consideration of motion on preventive punishment in the form of detention, within the framework of the pre-trial investigation on Part. 1 Art. 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on suspicion of A. Zakharchenko participation in the activities of a terrorist organization “Donetsk People’s Republic”, reads the decree.
    Earlier QHA reported that during the talks with the Kremlin curators on February 2 in Khartsyzk, terrorist Aleksandr Zakharchenko was warned that he would lose his status as a leader of so-called “DPR” if pro-Russian militants lose control of Yasynuvata beachhead.

    February 8, separatist websites, and then Russian media reported that one of the commanders of the so-called “militia” detachment “Somalia” Mikhail Tolstoy, known by the nickname “Givi” was killed in the occupied Donetsk in his office by a shot from a grenade launcher.

    Previously, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Zorian Shkiryak expressed opinion that the murder of the so-called “Chief of LPR Police Administration” terrorist Oleg Anaschenko was a special operation by Russian security services on sweeping critical witnesses who can testify against the Kremlin.

    • Alex George

      Cool. It will take years to bring him to justice, but eventually it will happen .

      Just like the Yugoslav officials who committed war crimes and thought they are untouchable. They are now either in prison or living in poverty, in hiding.

  • туфтуф

    The EU is powerless to influence Russia. Sanctions dont work cus Russia is the richest country on Earth, and EU is afraid of an armed conflict with a nuclear super power. That means that Ukraine is alone. Desperately alone. It is impoverished by its own oligarchs and a 3 year war, its economy is virtually non existant, its ppl are dying on the fields of war on both sides of the conflict. With hind sight, maidan brought nothing but misery to once prosperous country.

    • Brent

      TOTO, you’re so full of sh*t that your eyes are turning browner with each lying post you submit.

      Russia is close to bankrupt. it can’t get loans to prop up its war machine. Soon it won’t be able to pay you to be one of its many stooge trolls. Hopefully you’ll be living in Eastern Siberia then munching on ratburgers and palm oil cheese and wondering why you really were this stoooopid to believe Russia was so “great” like it claims it is…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/474b24a9ce3fa60daef5c984fee6883ceb01b87750547ea6ad6ba740116d5cf2.jpg

      • Njordheim

        Brenddy – you senile old Khazarian emigrant-liar… you’re so full of sh*t one cant distinguish between you and the dog pile in the grass.

        • Brent

          Hey “Nobrains”, so now I’m Khazarian??? yesterday I was “Jew” and getting your Russo Nazzi blood boiling. Make up your mind already!!!

          You’re actually pretty pathetic at this. So far all I’ve seen you do is copy the same insults thrown at you. Typical Russian…..stealing anything they can lay their grimy little rat claws on….

          • Njordheim

            What’s the difference you dumb idiot..ha ? Khazar or fake jews is the same thing. in any event you are just dumb. Not real.

          • Alex George

            Just more of your antisemitism and hatred, hence why your post was deleted.

      • Njordheim

        Brenddy – You look so sad on this portrait!

      • туфтуф

        One more thing l dnt understand. B4 shooting Polish women and children, banderites stripped them naked. I hope the moderators wnt ban me thinking l m posting porn here, but this is an original pic taken by banderites themselves. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d1e825859f776c18e57c5fcff18c76062eb8e8a9eeab4ec0ec732d4dd9b0b7c.jpg

        • Alex George

          As usual, Tuphtuph posts random photographs which aren’t anything to do with the topic.

          But good to see you changing the subject – you can’t refute Brent’s points about the economic collapse of Russia, so you try something entirely irrelevant instead.

          • туфтуф

            Its a random pic i chose when i typed the massacre of Volyn into google. All the victims, children included, were stripped naked. Was just wondering why modern.day banderites dnt follow the same practise and asking if anyone knew the reason why the old ones did it. Just curious.

          • Alex George

            Good to see you admit it. As usual, you post random photographs which aren’t anything to do with the topic.

            But good to see you changing the subject – you can’t refute Brent’s points about the economic collapse of Russia, so you try something entirely irrelevant instead.

          • туфтуф

            Tot u ll love to see crimea. Sorry.

          • Alex George

            Oh sure that would be pleasant, but I am never going to see it through your photographs because you don’t know anybody there.

            As usual, you are just trying to change the subject – you can’t refute Brent’s points about the economic collapse of Russia, so you try something entirely irrelevant instead.

    • Njordheim

      It was very PREDICTABLE!

      • Fortranz

        So what? It’s very predictable that if Putin doesn’t stop his war in Ukraine very soon Russia will go bankrupt. Putin’s only hope is to convince Trump to help him, however, this will never happen Silovik. Bet on it.

        • Njordheim

          Wrong… Russia is the richest Country in the World. Ukraine made fatal error of judgment in 2014 by allowing UkrNaZZi and Khazars to take over.

          • Fortranz

            “- Russia is the richest Country in the World.-”

            In what Silovik? Vodka…lol

          • Njordheim

            In Natural Resources – UkrDambo. In Natural Resources. 2/3 of the global wealth is in Russia and you UkrRETARDS can only seat and cry! TRUE!

          • Fortranz

            “- In Natural Resources -“…lol

            L’imbécile, je suis Canadien et le Canada a tout de même des Ressources Naturelles que le russe a et la meilleure infrastructure pour les extraire que la Russie.
            C’est c’est dommage pour vous et la Russie, Non?

          • Njordheim

            Sure, you are L’imbécile, *(Ukrap Troll). Hiding behind French makes no difference in the retard’s case (yours).

          • Alex George

            In other words, you cannot refute his points and therefore take refuge in mere abuse.

          • Fortranz

            What I’m I hiding? I speak to you in the second language of my people too show you who I’am L’imbécile Que vous ne vous soyez pas attendus que ceci soit, c’est dommage pour vous, Non Silovik?

          • Njordheim

            Canadians are still f a g s and subjects of the rabid queen. No right to own the land means you are spineless takers in the but… sorry – it’s true!

          • Fortranz

            “- No right to own the land means you are spineless takers in the but -”

            This is a lie Silovik and that is True!

            Tell me Silovik, how does Putin butt taste when you lick it right in the middle?

          • Alex George

            Even that is not true, and what is the point of natural resources if Russia is too poor and too corrupt to extract them?

          • Alex George

            LOL Russia the richest country in the world – and Martians are real!

          • Fortranz

            I hear that “Little Green Men” come from Russia now Alex George. At lest this is what my friends in Ukraine tell me…lol

          • Alex George

            Ha ha yes, the little green men who can take over a region when it is handed to them (Ukraine) but run away when there is real fighting (Donbass).

    • Alex George

      Except that Russia is one of the poorest of the developed countries. Virtually all the money made during the oil boom is gone, just frittered away through incompetence and corruption.

      Nobody cares about Russia’s nukes – they know it won’t use them.

      With hindsight, we can see that Maidan brought prosperity and a lowering of corruption to Ukraine – despite Russia’s unsuccessful war against it.

      • туфтуф

        Russia is a developing country. But very rich. When l was in Moscow last year, l cldnt believe my eyes what l saw. Ppl driving luxury cars, skysvrapers everyehere, clean, expensive restaurants….puts London to shame. Looks more like Shangai than Shangai itself. Lolz

        • Alex George

          Oh certainly you will see luxury cars there – that was the scandal last year – that sales of luxury cares almost doubled, while sales of ordinary cars fell. The ordinary people cannot even afford cars, while the oligarchs and their minions live in obscene wealth.

          That is what happens in a corrupt third-world country. Those who are on the take do extremely well, while most people live close to the poverty line .

          • туфтуф

            Theres very few ordinary ppl in moscow.

          • Alex George

            there are plenty actually. Oh, granted they are better off than ordinary people in the regions, but not by much.

            The elite in Russia are small in number, and obscenely wealthy. Taht is why sales of luxury cars almost doubled, while sales of ordinary cars fell. The ordinary people cannot even afford cars, while the oligarchs and their minions live in obscene wealth.

            That is what happens in a corrupt third-world country. Those who are on the take do extremely well, while most people live close to the poverty line .

  • veth

    Russian drone downed in ATO zone in Donbas

    The Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine report they have shot down a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation near the demarcation line

    February 8. War 22:00, 2017

    facebook.com/ato.news “At about 19:00 February 8 an unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted in the sky close to the contact line. After the identification of the object, having received confirmation that the flying object does not belong to the ATO forces or international organizations that monitor the situation near the contact line with their unmanned aerial fleet, it was decided to destroy it,” the press center of the ATO Headquarters wrote on Facebook on Thursday, February 9. Read also Ukraine reports almost 90 attacks in Donbas, 3 WIA’s in last day The press center noted that the UAV was shot down from small arms. The experts are now examining the drone. facebook.com/ato.news “At the moment, the relevant experts are working with it. According to preliminary data, the same type of UAVs is used by the armed forces of the Russian Federation,” the report reads. If you notice a spelling error, please highlight it with your mouse and press Ctrl+Enter

    • Njordheim

      Is “relevant experts” substitute phrase for ‘retardentko ukraps’?

      • Alex George

        Not at all. There is plenty of news about this incident, including photographs.

        The fact that your post consists of abuse and nothing else merely highlights the fact that you cannot refute a single point in his post.

  • Njordheim
  • Mephisto

    Europe should attack Russia with all non-military weapons at its disposal and at full strength – close Russian embassies, expel Russian “diplomats”, go after Russian money, use cyberwarfare in Russia, block it economically. Russia is waging a war against Europe and the European leaders are too weak to retaliate. Merkel and Hollande are too weak. Britain has already been defeated by Russia and its subversion. (scumbag Farage who at first causes brexit and renounces all responsibility like a cowardly skunk)

  • туфтуф

    I say more sanctions. They have an effect, although the opposite than the intended 1. Sanctions good for Russia. I have an extended family, ok, they live in Tumen and are stinking rich, but EVERY member of my wife’s family wholeheartedly supports sanctions. When (if) Russia invades Lybia (using proxy war) it will be able to have a greater leverage on oil prices. Russia doing good cus its lead by the Kontora. Pic 4 hours ago. New Simferopol airport terminal being built. Pic bt Tanyusha. Cnt mention her name for safety reasons.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e7899f2322d3005310744c55cc0854f23c6201c161c715607367a14f9afff94.jpg

    • Alex George

      LOL And now we get the same picture but this time it is something different.

      Sure you have a wealthy family in Tumen, just like you know all those leaders in Russia and Ukraine!

      You are just an old windbag pretending to be important.

      • туфтуф

        Why are you onssessing over me? Are you in love? Am happily married. Sorry.

        • Alex George

          You misunderstand me . i am simply pointing out that:

          You lied about the photo,
          You lied about having a wealthy family in Tumen
          You lied about all those people you said you knew .

          And, you are just an old windbag pretending to be important.

          I hope that is clear enough? ;o)

          • туфтуф

            Omg. And l lied l speak Croatian. Ajme meni, koji tupavko. Thats Dalmatian dialect of Croatian.

          • Alex George

            You did lie about Greek, and you are probably lying about Croatian as well, but who cares anyway?

            You lied about the photo,
            You lied about having a wealthy family in Tumen
            You lied about all those people you said you knew .

            And, you are just an old windbag pretending to be important.

  • Alex George

    Thank you Ms Beck.

    There have been many Russian sympathisers in Germany over the last few years, but a few brave politicians stood against them (notably Angela Merkel) and good to see that even more are now standing up for what is right.