|Russia's president Vladimir Putin talks to German chancellor|
Angela Merkel in front of the Kurhaus resort in Wiesbaden,
Germany,in October 2007.(photo: Frank Augstein/AP)
Crimea: Can Merkel Still Strike a Deal With Putin?
Even as Washington and its sycophants were pushing Europe “to stand up” against Russia, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin were reportedly engaged in secret negotiations to resolve the current crisis over Ukraine.
“She needs to solve the dispute because it’s in no one’s interest to have tension in the Ukraine or to have Russia out in the cold,” said one insider. “No one wants a new Cold War.”
If only that were true.
Though the German government has officially denied the negotiations, “Merkel’s deal” appears concrete and specific.
- Germany and other nations to follow would recognize Putin’s annexation of Crimea, an admittedly hard nut for Washington and others to swallow.
- Moscow would pay Kiev $1 billion to compensate for rent the Russians used to pay for basing its warm-water fleet in the Crimean port of Sebastopol.
- Moscow would agree not to meddle in Ukraine’s trade with the EU and withdraw its financial and military support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
- The oligarchs in Kiev would devolve greater powers to the pro-Russian rebels and give up any attempts to join NATO.
- Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom would give Kiev a long-time contract for the supply and pricing of natural gas.