During the Munich Security Conference a couple of weeks ago, news came out that Russia would recognize various documents issued by eastern Ukrainian authorities – in other words, from the separatist regions of Donbass.
“The decree stated clearly this was made out of humanitarian concerns…until Minsk agreements have been fulfilled. The presidential decree validated IDs of Donbass residents so that they could enter Russia legally and use Russian rail transport and air carriers,” [Sergei Lavrov] explained.
Given the hysteria about Russia and Ukraine, you would think this would cause all sorts of calamity during the Conference. Apparently not:
Lavrov said this issue had not been brought up during foreign ministers’ talks in the so-called Normandy Four format in Munich.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was all spun up about it:
“I informed [US Vice President Mike Pence] about the recent decision of President Putin to validate the passports of the occupied territories, the so-called LPR and DPR, for me it is yet another proof of Russia’s violation of international law,” Poroshenko told reporters after a meeting with Pence.
And Poroshenko’s discussion with Pence came just hours after Pence vowed to “hold Russia to account.”
I hadn’t thought about it much more until reading The Saker today, updating the situation:
Let’s sum all this up:
- The Urkonazis completely close down the unofficial border with Novorussia
- Russia recognizes Novorussian documents
- The DNR and LNR nationalize all the Ukrainian industry in the Donbass
- The Ukronazis declare that the line of contact is now to be considered a border
- The Novorussians declare that the Russian Ruble is the only legal currency in Novorussia
- The Novorussians will now export their entire production of coal/anthracite to Russia
- All the factories in Novorussia will no longer pay taxes to Kiev
There appears to be much more going on that mere recognition of documents.
I don’t know about you – but to me this sure looks like the DNR and LNR are cutting off their last ties to the Ukraine and the junta in Kiev appears to go along with this plan.
In reality, this is all much more complicated.
If events during the Munich Conference weren’t enough to get the global empire and its vassals worked up in a lather, surely these additional steps would have to send them off their rockers.
Then The Saker adds this:
One can judge of the seriousness of these developments by the truly Herculean efforts made by the western corporate media not to notice them. Even the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, who was in Kiev yesterday, was focusing exclusively on the upcoming Eurovision competition, and not on the dramatic developments taking place in the southeast.
I did a search: “Russia recognize Donbass documents.” I get several dozen hits; in the first few pages, only two come from any recognizable western source: Reuters and the UK Independent. No CNN, New York Times, or BBC.
The Saker attributes this lack of coverage by the mainstream media to a desire to hide the futility of western states to do anything about Russia’s actions and the situation in Ukraine – especially eastern Ukraine. Basically, the west is embarrassed.
This western futility of action in eastern Ukraine is certainly so; yet western rhetoric and threat never hold any such concerns. Being “embarrassed” never stopped the west from pressing on.
So I wonder: given the emotional anti-Russian hysteria in the United States, why not use this news as another way to dump on Trump? “See what happens when the West plays nice with Russia? They work to rebuild the empire.”
Munich had many rabid anti-Russia speakers; did they miss this news, somehow? Not likely.
These warmongering speakers have had two weeks to digest the news. What are they waiting for?
Which brings me to my question: why not? Why aren’t these recent events generating significant media coverage in the west? Why aren’t the anti-Trump, anti-Russia politicians making hay with this “takeover”?