Russian Sanctions Likely To Remain In Effect, But Ineffective

Peter's Commentary: The economic sanctions that have been imposed on Russia are likely to remain in place. At least until the cease-fire in Ukraine is working properly. Angela Merkel stated today that it would be premature to ease any pressure on Moscow at this stage. European governments have been trying to decide whether to renew the sanctions, which are currently due to expire at the end of … [Read more...]

Ukraine Preparing For Full Scale War…Or Not?

Peter's Commentary: Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister, Vadym Prystaiko says he is preparing for full-scale war against Russia. Prystaiko wants Canada to supply lethal weapons and training to Ukraine. From CBC News, February 21, 2015: Vadym Prystaiko, who until last fall was Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, says the world must not be afraid of joining Ukraine in the fight against a … [Read more...]

Enforce Cease-Fire Or Not?

Peter's Commentary: The four leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine talked by phone this Thursday. They condemned the fighting which has broken out during the week and agreed to continue to implement all the measures approved on 12 February in Minsk. However, Bloomberg reports that Germany may be unable to stop weapons being delivered to Ukraine. Karl-Georg Wellmann, a lawmaker in … [Read more...]

Cease-Fire Agreed Over Ukraine

Peter's Commentary: A cease-fire agreement over eastern Ukraine has at last been worked out. It took more than 18 hours of nonstop negotiation. Ukraine's Poroshenko, Russia's Putin, Germany's Merkel and Francois Hollande agreed to a truce that starts at 12 AM on February 15. The US was notably absent from the negotiations. Due to other cease-fires not working in the past, there are doubts … [Read more...]