By RIA Novosti, translated from the Russian original by New Cold War.org, Feb 1, 2017
MOSCOW – Berlin is increasingly concerned about the deteriorating situation in the east of Ukraine because they understand that the blame for what is happening in many ways lies with Kiev, writes Süddeutsche Zeitung , citing its own sources in the German government.
According to available data from Germany, partly based on the reports of the OSCE mission, the Ukrainian military is trying to move the front line in eastern Ukraine in its favor. The newspaper notes that German government circles believe that Kyiv is deliberately trying to increase tensions in the hope that an escalation of the conflict will help derail any plans by U.S. President Donald Trump plans to mitigate anti-Russian actions.
“In Berlin, they understand that Petro Poroshenko would do anything to prevent the lifting of sanctions against Russia”, the author writes.
At the same time, the German government is concerned that Kyiv’s calculations could create an opposite result. Trump could soften embargo measure against Russia, regardless of the situation in the east of Ukraine. That would redouble Kyiv’s problems: Russia will benefit and the conflict will flare up with renewed force, underlines Süddeutsche Zeitung.
“Considering the risk, Berlin is asking itself if it is possible to dissuade Ukraine from provocations. It doesn’t yet have an answer, concludes the writer.