Jason Ditz of Antiwar.com summarizes the German government proposal to arrive at a settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
A key portion of the plan would be to get Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz to agree to a long-term deal, reportedly roughly in line with what Russia was offering when talks broke down.
On the issue of East Ukraine, Russia would agree to stop backing the separatists there, in return for a promise of significant reforms in the Ukrainian government to grant the region more autonomy. Again, this was roughly what Russia was pushing months ago.
Ukraine would formally promise not to ever join NATO, and Russia would agree not to object to increased Ukrainian trade with the European Union.
Last but not least, Russia would agree to a “financial aid” package of cash worth what Ukraine would have gotten in rent for the remaining years of its Sevastopol base deal, and in return the international community would recognize Crimea’s secession earlier this year as legal, as well as its accession into the Russian Federation.
I am grateful to the Germans for putting this forward. It is to be hoped that this reasonable compromise will be acceptable to all sides. The ball, as I’ve said before, really is in Poroshenko’s court. His inflammatory rhetoric, unmatched by that of the Russian leader Putin, has demanded the unattainable. In this he echoes the present Chief Executive Officer of the American Empire, Barack Obama.
I await Poroshenko learning to think for himself.