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Merkel's visit to Moscow - an attempt to prevent the worst

Despite the agreement signed in February 2015, which was supposed to bring de-escalation of the situation in the east of Ukraine, over the past months the conflict escalated even more. Against this background, "German Chancellor Angela Merkel is deciding on an amazing step: 2 May she will visit Russia to President Putin," German magazine Der Spiegel writes. This, as the newspaper notes, "a radical change in the position of Merkel, because until now the chancellor stuck to the position according to which a visit to Putin was possible only in case of concrete successes in the Donbass or Syria." "But now she is traveling even though Russia is not going to make concessions at all, which shows how seriously Merkel assesses the situation," the article's authors comment.

Office of the Federal Chancellor of Germany Merkel's visit to justify the Kremlin preparation for the summit, "Big Twenty" in Hamburg in July of this year. They say that after Merkel will pay a visit to a number of other states G20. According to journalists, it's just an excuse: "It is quite clear that Merkel is not going to Moscow to talk with Putin about aid to Africa or other similar topics actually visit - is an attempt to prevent the worst.".

As explained by Der Spiegel, the point is that "five months after winning Trump in the elections in the United States, Washington de facto there is no policy in relation to Russia."

"A secret report of the German diplomats shows how dangerous they consider the current state of affairs. In particular, they fear that Putin because of the indecision of Americans may try to" establish the facts "in Ukraine and boost its profile." The head of the Kremlin might try to "force the decision of the Ukrainian conflict, according to their own ideas," he was quoted message of the German Embassy in Moscow.

Thus, the situation "turns out to be extremely explosive, but completely different from what was expected in the Office of the Federal Chancellor earlier," the publication emphasizes, recalling that after Trump's victory there they feared that the latter would go to union with Putin behind the Europeans. Now "the opposite has happened, and Washington does not go into contact with Moscow, which makes the situation difficult again." This, in turn, was due to accusations that "Russia allegedly influenced the elections in the US Investigating potential illegal contacts between Trump's employees and Russian diplomats has so driven the new American president into the defense that he now can not afford to take any either concessions to Putin. "

As a result, Merkel is "to mediate between Moscow and Washington," says Der Spiegel. Federal Chancellery "really wants the Americans returned to the game: in fact until they are blocked, no progress will not be because of the Americans leave Moscow sees no reason to make concessions because of the lack of pressure from Washington are doing the same, and.. Ukrainians ".

Whatever it was, adds Der Spiegel, "even if the talks Merkel and Ukraine will not bring any result, a visit to Russia Merkel as head of the Christian Democratic Union can benefit in domestic politics. After all, the SPD is playing with the idea to make a hard line Merkel toward Putin as part of its pre-election program. " The parties claim that "even though they will not be hung on the neck of Putin, but will continue the dialogue." Merkel also his visit "will be able to show that it is trying all the possibilities."

A source: Inopressa

Author: Matthias Gebauer, Ralf Neukirch, Kristof Shult | der Spiegel

Tags: Merkel, Putin, Germany, Russia, Politics, International Relations, Ukraine, Europe