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Land for gas: secret German
deal could end Ukraine crisis

Independent [UK], by Margareta Pagano

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/30/2014 6:04:07 PM

Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine. The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies. More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia,

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This is an oil for land deal that Putin needed to get his submarine base secure as Russian land in the Crimea. He´s a real smart wolf here, but the shootdown of MH17 isn´t helping, nor will time may be on his side as "sanctions" bite his oligarchy.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/30/2014 7:46:40 PM     (No. 9947026)

OP is right, MH17 isn´t helping.

And Ukraine seems to be miltarily defeating the Russian separtists which doesn´t give Kiev any incentive to compromise.

Land for gas sounds wise. Otherwise everyone ends up angry, hurt, and perhaps even at war. And the deal would rid Kiev of perpetual trouble from ethnic Russian majority areas.

Downside, nations have pride. Most hate to cede an inch of their sacred soil*. The folks in Kiev will be the same.

´sacred soil´ is land you managed to take away from someone weaker in the past.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 7/30/2014 7:47:04 PM     (No. 9947027)

The Germans are experienced at this sort of land deal. The last time, Neville Chamberlain oversaw the transfer of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia to the Third Reich in exchange for "peace in our time"
Merkel should be carrying an umbrella.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: justavoter, 7/30/2014 8:21:36 PM     (No. 9947060)

Land for peace hasn´t worked to well for Israel either.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oldsfc, 7/30/2014 8:49:38 PM     (No. 9947087)

The EU is a collection of impotent socialist. This is what the looney left here calls "blood for oil".

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