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Standing together in the Cold (War II)? Well not exactly hand in hand!

The leaders of  Germany and France announced a new peace plan for Ukraine on Thursday, flying to Kiev with a new proposal they would then take on to Moscow. Many European leaders have never been too enthusiastic about the US Ukraine Campaign, although they have tried to avoid questioning the transatlantic unity. After bringing Ukraine on the edge of bankruptcy (dramatic collapse in Ukraine's hryvnia currency losing nearly a third of its value after the central bank halted daily auctions at which it sold hard currency to banks) and pressing Russia with sanctions the oil price game, the US government has ultimately decided to talk about supplying arms. And here comes the odd part of the initiative: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has also called on NATO states to send weapons to his country. To send NATO weapons to Ukraine to do what? … to fight who? To fight Russian troops which as they claim (without any material proof yet) have invaded Ukraine? To fight against Ukrainian citizens who revolted against their government? From an International Law point of view just the consideration of such an act is legally rather problematic and politically surely provocative. The US government seems to try to reveal what Ukraine was all about in the first place: a confrontation field between NATO and Russia in which the Europeans will carry the burden. The Franco-German plan looks like a last-minute reservation attempt: pay a smaller price and ignore the risk. 


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