KIEV/TALLINN/CHISINAU/BERLIN | | estlandmoldawien

KIEV/TALLINN/CHISINAU/BERLIN (Own report) - NATO is increasing its pressure on Moscow by organizing bellicose provocations at Russia's north-western border and announcing further training programs for the Ukrainian military forces. A few days ago, about 100 NATO soldiers participated in a military parade on the Estonian Independence Day, marching in full combat gear, just a few meters from a Russian border checkpoint. Estonia provides one of the NATO's "spearhead" rapid response force bases, currently being developed under German leadership. It should soon be ready for deployment against Russia. At the same time, Great Britain has announced, it will join the USA in training Ukrainian military forces. The discussion of arms deliveries continues. NATO is now also taking an aggressive posture toward Moldova. "Russia could target Moldova," the media affirms, quoting NATO's Supreme Commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove. These unsubstantiated allegations are good examples of the western war alliance's reaction to its waning influence. Disapproval of the EU and sympathy toward Russia have recently been growing within the Moldovan population. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - In the midst of a phase of the expansion of the EU's military policy relations with several East and Southeast Asian countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan. Merkel will arrive March 8 in the Japanese capital, reciprocating Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Germany last year. Tokyo seeks to intensify its cooperation with EU countries - also militarily - to enhance its position in territorial conflicts with Beijing. At the same time, the United States is focusing, to a growing extent, its global policy efforts on eastern Asia and the Pacific Basin. Shortly before Merkel is to visit Japan, a study published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) points out that the interests of several EU countries would be "massively affected should conflicts escalate in this region." These conflicts are mostly about territorial sovereignty over islands and groups of islands, which recently have become accentuated. SWP proposed that the EU "discuss" what position to take "in case of conflict." more…

KIEV/BELGRADE/BERLIN | | ukrainejugoslawien

KIEV/BELGRADE/BERLIN (Own report) - A year after Berlin helped instigate the putsch in Ukraine, new information is coming to light about the February 20, 2014 Kiev Massacre. That bloodbath, of more than 50 people killed, accelerated the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych and was also used - even in Germany - to justify the putsch. As has now been confirmed by witnesses, armed demonstrators were the first to open fire on police, and only then, did repressive forces return fire, when they were caught in a hail of bullets while retreating. If this proves to be true, it could not have been a government-planned massacre. Furthermore, evidence indicates that also the snipers, who had shot to kill, were on the side of the government's opponents. Today, the responsibility for that bloodbath is as unsolved as that for the deaths of more than 40 Kosovo Albanians in Račak in mid-January 1999, which the West labeled a mass execution - in spite of all contradicting evidence. Račak served as a decisive justification for the military aggression on Yugoslavia. The political and media establishments' other forgeries and lies preceding and during the war on Yugoslavia demonstrate that manipulations, such as the ones we are currently seeing in the Ukraine conflict, are nothing new. They are rather consistent props in the German establishment's standard repertoire for escalating conflicts. more…

BERLIN/NIENBURG AN DER WESER |

BERLIN/NIENBURG AN DER WESER (Own report) - The German Red Cross (DRK) and the German Bundeswehr have entered an unprecedented cooperation agreement. The so-called Future Pact foresees the direct integration of the DRK into the "Civil-Military Cooperation Center" of the German military located in Nienburg in Lower Saxony. The relief organization will also maintain a "permanent liaison office" and participate both in the planning and execution of combat operations. Back in 2003, the DRK explicitly committed itself to "cooperate" in military missions. In 2008, a federal law stipulated that the primary "task" of the relief organization was to "support the Bundeswehr's medical service." Since 2009, the DRK has maintained its own "representative for civil-military cooperation." Since last year, this cooperation has been exercised within the framework of the "Joint Cooperation" maneuvers, which are explicitly aimed at the implementation of the "network" of the military and relief organizations, to be applied in foreign missions in civil war regions. more…

BRASÍLIA/LIMA/BOGOTÁ/BERLIN | | brasilienkolumbien

BRASÍLIA/LIMA/BOGOTÁ/BERLIN (Own report) - The West's power struggle with Russia has led also to tensions during the German foreign minister's Latin America tour, which ends today. Last Friday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Brazil, which has a "Strategic Partnership" with Germany. However, the country not only refuses to join the sanctions against Russia, it is even intensifying its economic and political cooperation with Moscow. Current relations have therefore become "difficult," according to observers, even though they are good with Peru and Colombia, next on the Foreign Minister's schedule. Both countries are members of the "Pacific Alliance" that is directed against the Venezuela and Cuba inspired ALBA Alliance. The alliance also seeks to enhance its economic activities in East and Southeast Asia, thereby falling in line with Western efforts to position its forces against China at its periphery. Germany was given observer status at the Pacific Alliance and is intensifying military cooperation with its members. more…

BERLIN/KIEV/MOSCOW | | russische-foederationukraine

BERLIN/KIEV/MOSCOW (Own report) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is convinced that the West will be "victorious" in the power struggle with Moscow. Merkel told the Munich Security Conference on the weekend that the Ukraine conflict "cannot be won" with military means. That is why "a new way must be found." Comparing the current power struggle to the Cold War, she reaffirmed, "I am a hundred percent convinced that, with our principles, we will win." Earlier, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, had expressed a similar view proposing that a "double strategy" be applied in the West's power struggle with Russia. According to the journal of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the power struggle, which currently cannot won with military means, should be returned "from the military to the economic level." To this effect, Berlin has launched a diplomatic offensive that should lead to talks in Minsk on Wednesday. more…

KIEV/BERLIN/WASHINGTON | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - With informal talks on Ukraine at the Munich Security Conference approaching, German foreign policy makers are not ruling out their approbation for US arms deliveries to Kiev. Initiatives from within US government circles in Washington, to contemplate supplying anti-armor weapons and drones to the Ukraine's military, are considered by Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, to be "appropriate and important." German parliamentarians - in spite of the Chancellor's negative announcements - have made similar declarations. Washington's contemplations are based on the fact that Kiev has so far proven incapable of leading the West to victory in Ukraine's civil war. Some of Kiev's troops are in a desolate condition. Desertion is on the rise, as well as protests against the murderous combat. For western states, official delivery of lethal weapons to Ukraine is considered an option for turning the tide on the battlefield. Security Conference Director, Ischinger, finds a "division of labor" between Washington and Berlin conceivable. more…

ATHENS/BERLIN | | griechenland

ATHENS/BERLIN (Own report) - German politicians are reacting to the Greek government's call for a partial remission of its debts and its throwing the EU-Troika out of the country, with ultimatums. "Tsipras had better cease his attacks on Angela Merkel," threatened the European Parliament's President Martin Schulz (SPD). "Beating up on the Germans" is "shortsighted." State-financed German media organs are castigating Greece's newly elected head of state as "obstinate" and complaining that he "is jeering," "Germany is only one country among others." US experts warn that in the EU's crisis countries, the German austerity dictate has resulted in "a level of misery" "that surpasses the limits of tolerance for a democratic society," and suggest that Greece be dealt with pragmatically - a partial debt remission along the lines of the London Debt Conference 1952/1953 model. Two years ago, Greece's new Minister of Finance Giannis Varoufakis had already called on Germany to shift from an "authoritarian" to a "hegemonic policy" that would not use its economic power to hold the EU countries down, but to allow them to participate in the hegemonic benefits, as Washington had once done for the Federal Republic of Germany with its Marshall Plan. Varoufakis wrote explicitly, "Europe" does not need an "authoritarian" but "a hegemonic Germany." more…