Western tensions are running high with Russia over possible Russian military aggression in Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macho has acted as a mediator in easing tensions. He said recently after his visit to Moscow and Kiev that Ukraine was interested in implementing the Minsk agreement. A day later, Kiev announced its position in the East, saying it would not hold direct talks with Donbass. Danbas is a party to the UN-brokered Minsk agreement. The question arises as to who is encouraging Kiev’s political adventure and who is creating conflict in eastern Ukraine after Ukraine said so. News from Sputnik.
Nick Griffin was a member of the European Parliament from 2009-14. The British politician says Western countries are supporting Ukraine with military equipment, military trainers and morally-politically. With the support of the West, Kiev thinks they can deal with and threaten the two self-proclaimed republics of the East and Russia. He added that the West does not want the Kiev agreement. Let the people of Russia and Ukraine kill each other, this is what they want to see.
Amid tensions over Ukraine, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on February 9 that they would not abide by the Kiev Minsk agreement on Moscow’s terms and would not hold direct talks with the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. But it was one of the main conditions of the agreement.
Nick Griffin, a former member of the European Parliament, also spoke of the goodwill of the West to encourage Ukraine to abide by the agreement. According to him, there is no doubt that the United States and Western European countries could force the Ukrainian leadership to implement the Minsk agreement signed in 2014 and 2015.
Griffin, referring to the two self-proclaimed republics of eastern Ukraine, said that if the West were to make it clear that there (in eastern Ukraine) the nasty and illegitimate rule was their own and that they would no longer receive military, logistical, financial or political support. This will force Kiev to do the right thing.
According to Dan Kovalik, an assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, the hypocrisy of Western nations has exposed the fact that they have signed or ratified the Minsk Agreement. Professor Dan Kovalik explained that since the UN Security Council ratified the agreement, it has been international law. On the one hand, Germany, France, known as the Normandy format of the Minsk agreement with Russia, supported the agreement as guarantor, on the other hand, the United States and the United Kingdom approved the agreement as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Professor Kovalik claims that the United States has considerable influence over the Ukrainian government. They supported the 2014 coup in Ukraine. And the United States was a partner in the rise of this government. So the current government in Kiev will do what the United States wants.
The countries of Kiev and Western Europe have been ignoring the Minsk agreement for so long. That’s what Alexander Laxon, founder of the UK-based think tank Global Political Insight, says. He said that, first of all, the Ukraine crisis arising from the long-running sabotage of the Minsk Agreement in Kiev has already had a major negative impact on the country’s economy. Lexon further warns that, secondly, Europe is at risk of prolonged military tensions in Ukraine. The crisis in Ukraine could spread to European Union (EU) allies, that is, to other parts of Europe.