Europe Fractures: France Pivots To Putin, Cyprus Offers Moscow Military Base, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

Tyler Durden's picture

Following yesterday's summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine "peace" deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington's strategy for being "not just risky but counterproductive." But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia... Following Francois Hollande's calls for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in apparent support of Russia (and specifically against the US), "we are part of a common civilization with Russia,” adding, "the interests of the Americans with the Russians are not the interests of Europe and Russia." Even NATO appears to have given up hope of peace as Stoltenberg's statements show little optimism and the decision by Cyprus to allow Russia to use its soil for military facilities suggests all is not at all well in the European 'union'.

 

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier doubled down on Germany's rejection of weapons deliveries to Ukraine in a speech here Sunday...

  • *GABRIEL SAYS GERMAN SPD WOULD NEVER BACK ARMS TO UKRAINE
  • *EUROPE SEES U.S. ARMS DELIVERIES TO UKRAINE AS BAD IDEA: LAVROV

"I see this, to say it openly, as not just for risky but for counter-productive," Mr. Steinmeier said at the Munich Security Conference. Mr. Steinmeier also hit back at open criticism of Germany's position on weapons deliveries from U.S. Senators and others here on Saturday. The White House is mulling delivering weapons to Ukraine to support the country's fight against pro-Russia separatists in the country's east.

 

"Perhaps we are so insistent because we know the region a bit," Mr. Steinmeier said.

But John Kerry says, everything's fine... as he denies any split between U.S. and Europe on Russia policy...

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday denied any divisions between the U.S. and Europe over how to handle Russia, as Germany announced another high-level summit aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine.

 

Kerry told a security conference in Munich that he wanted to "assure everybody there is no division, there is no split" between Washington and its European allies amid the crisis in Ukraine.

 

 

"We are united, we are working closely together," he told the conference following meetings with his French and German counterparts. "We all agree that this challenge will not end through military force. We are united in our diplomacy."

But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia... Following Francois Hollande's calls for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in apparent support of Russia (and specifically against the US).

“We are part of a common civilization with Russia,” said Sarkozy, speaking on Saturday at the congress of the Union for a Popular Movement Party (UMP), which the former president heads.

 

“The interests of the Americans with the Russians are not the interests of Europe and Russia,” he said adding that “we do not want the revival of a Cold War between Europe and Russia.”

 

“Crimea has chosen Russia, and we cannot blame it [for doing so],” he said pointing out that “we must find the means to create a peacekeeping force to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine.”

And then Cyprus joins the fracture party, offering to sign a military cooperation agreement on Feb 25th offering Russia the use of military facilities on its soil...

The air force base at which Russian planes will use is about 40 kilometers from Britain's sovereign Air Force base at Akrotiri, on the south shores of Cyprus, which provides support to NATO operations in the Middle and Near East regions

Even NATO appears to know the "peace deal" is not coming...

  • STOLTENBERG: 'IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY' IF MINSK PRODUCES CEASE-FIRE

But there is still hope.. as Germany's Vice-Chanceller hopes...

  • *GERMANY'S GABRIEL `CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC' ABOUT MINSK SUMMIT

demands...

  • *PUTIN MUST TAKE EU'S `OUTSTRETCHED HAND,' GABRIEL SAYS

But adds...

  • *EU SEEKS POST-CRISIS PARTNERSHIP RENEWAL WITH RUSSIA: GABRIEL

We will know soon...

  • *RUSSIA SAYS FEB. 9-10 UKRAINE MEETINGS TO PREPARE MINSK SUMMIT

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Renfield's picture

Both Hollande and Merkel sent their "advisors" out of the room for the talks with Putin. I am very curious what they wanted to say (or hear) that they did not want to be recorded by spies.

(Sorry for no link; I don't remember where I read this.)

Xibalba's picture

Probably wanted to know why...WTF...is the US doing in Ukraine?  How does this serve the MIC and TBTB?  And how does this benefit the EU...?  I dunno...maybe they were more concerned with their own populations instead of those in Iowa. 

Renfield's picture

Found it:

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/talks-in-moscow-two-part-analys...

<<One of the most interesting things about the Moscow talks is that they mainly happened without the presence of aides and officials i.e. Putin, Hollande and Merkel were by themselves save for interpreters and stenographers. Putin and Merkel are known to be masters of detail and given his background as an enarque I presume Hollande also is. However the German and French officials will be very unhappy about this. The Russians less so because since the meeting is taking place in the Kremlin they are listening in to the discussions via hidden microphones.>>

Xibalba - you may be correct. The only Russian response that I've yet seen cryptically called the talks "constructive". Certainly the US and the UK were pretty pointedly excluded from these talks. That in itself sends a message.

knukles's picture

John Kerry.... does he know his ass form a hole in the wall or is he reading the teleprompter of Happy Propaganda?
Humph...
Maybe a good day for gold and bonds, huh?

remain calm's picture

At what point does the CIA assainate Obama?

BaBaBouy's picture

Looks Like EU Is Saying ""Sorry Kerrie"", You Cannot Have Your Proxy War In The UKR With Russia... Sorry... ..... Where's That Reset Button Again???

eatthebanksters's picture

Say whatever you want about Putin, that he's a bad actor, a criminal or more, it is clear that the world sees him as less of a bad actor than Obama.  Putin is seen at home as a strong leader, even by those who don't like him.  He has challenged the status quo of the world and his people thus far have bought in becasue above all, they believe overall he wants best for his people. In his wildest dreams Obama could not achieve this having fucked up just about every foreign relationship we have and dividing the country at home.  This shit is not going to end well for us.  Obama's naivite coupled with his sense of self grandeur makes him think everything he does is good and people love him.  When it all goes bad I guess we are then going to be able to say,"I told you so", to all the sheeple getting the freebies, all the overpaid people in the bankster world and all the overpaid union workersor basically the current beneficiaries of the progressive socialist utopia. It could get real fugly in the next two to three weeks. 

Publicus's picture

To Kiev! East Ukraine freedom fighters will unify the country! Bringing peace to Ukraine.

 

That is the peace plan.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Syria's Assad: "Et tu, Cyprus?"

weburke's picture

Heck, those leaders wanted to be alone to party. They are all part of the same royal families arent they? Wasnt ww1 fought amongst 3 cousins? 

Self-enslavement's picture

Hysterical is the word that best describes the Chosenites in this moment. They're terrified that we the people are going to take OUR money printing presses BACK from them. Greece just took theirs back. Who will be next?

UselessEater's picture

Really? Slamming down the west is not a desired outcome? How many civilisations have they aided in its rise with the desire and plan to crash before?

rccalhoun's picture

new all time highs here shortly

Latina Lover's picture

Yep,as the world realizes that the EU is not willing to destroy itself in a war with Russia to make the USSA richer.

Self-enslavement's picture

The axis of evil (U.S. / Israel) Chosenite parasites hate it when their plans for world dominance are thwarted...

Latina Lover's picture

The split between the EU and USSA was evident with Nudelmans/Nulands famous 'Fuck the EU' phone call.  The USSA decided to overthrow Yanukovich outright, with the end result that the Ukrainian adventure became a failed operation shortly thereafter. Had Yanukovich stayed in office for 6-7 more  months as agreed, he would have lost, the Ukies would have voted in a pro western government,  and there would be no civil war, no breakup of the Ukraine, no sanctions hurting Russia and EU, no oil war harming Norway, England etc

The USSA proxy attack against Russia was and is an epic fail, and like bad gamblers, Obama and crew are trying to double down, with everyone in the room knowing that it is a losing bet. Even if the USSA armed the Ukies, they would still be destroyed by  the Russian Military since they are clearly not an effective fighting force.  If the Ukie army cannot beat novorossiyan irregulars using 30-40 year old soviet equipment, what hope do they have against a professional russian military with air power, supersonic missiles, tactical nukes and directed EMP's? ? Without a trained military to operate advanced systems, they are so much junk, and Putin gets  the green light to give the Novorossiyans better equipment and permission to visit Lvov and Kiev.

If NATO is not willing to send in Americans, Germans, French soldiers to die in the Ukraine, it is obvious that the Ukies will never win a war againt Russia, something all the EU leaders comprehend. Further sanctions will only hurt the EU and Russia without benefiting anyone, and with the Grexit looming, the time has passed for any military solution. Further, there is no money to sustain the bankrupt Ukie economy and mass desertions by Ukie forces show that the locals no

longer want to seriously fight.  Porky and crew are already roasted,they are merely to be served up as sacrifices by the USSA.    The only thing worse than being an enemy of the USSA, is to be their  Ally/vassal.

Latina Lover's picture

I should also mention  that  Nudelman/Nuland and crew accomplishing something that billions of rubles in Russia propaganda could not achieve, the undying hatred of 10's  of millions of russians and ukrainians forced to restory a devastated war zone and utterly ruined economy.

 

Without  a mulatto messiah to buy them cell phones and pay their mortgages, it will take a generation to recover, LOL>

If the Ukies are smart, they will default on their debts and stick it to the EU, USSA and Banksters.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Nice analysis.  Fully agree.

Slave's picture

I saw some hit job on the MSM talking about how Putin has signs of retardation.

These fuckers want WWIII bad.

sun tzu's picture

The stories were planted by the scumbags at the CIA and Pentagram. Pay a presstitute a few hundred bucks and you can have any story dispersed to the sheeple

malek's picture

Like last Monday, when I accidentally looked onto a TV screen at an airport.

"Putin's Aggression" was the big headline on the comedy channel network, a/k/a CNN.
Talking about all you need to know for a certain moment... rarely had it been filled quicker for me!

El Vaquero's picture

Any big explosion can cause a mushroom cloud, it need not be nuclear. 

 

Tactical nuke:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiM-RzPHyGs

 

Notice the very brief but extraordinarily bright flash at the moment of detonation. 

 

Conventional MOAB:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrYDlkD2eWQ

 

100 tons of ammunition (heartbreaking):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mB-q52hVLI

 

Massive TNT explosion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8SooMQBFVE

Not Too Important's picture

Something about 'blood in the streets' . . .

Not Too Important's picture

"Who will be next?"

Canada.

'The Case to “Reinstate” the Bank of Canada'

"There is a very interesting legal case that is playing out in Canada at the moment. William Krehm, Anne Emmett, and COMER (The Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform: http://www.comer.org/) filed a lawsuit on December 12th, 2011, in Federal Court to try to force a restoration of the Bank of Canada to its mandated purposes. In essence, they want the Bank of Canada to provide interest-free loans to the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, as provided for in the Bank of Canada Act.

This money would be used to finance public expenditures whenever there is a budgetary deficit. Apparently, the federal government used to borrow interest-free (to at least some extent) from the Bank of Canada up until 1974. At present, governments borrow all of the necessary money (apart from any bonds they may sell to the public) from private banks at the going rate of interest. Canadians are economically burdened with the resultant debt-servicing charges because the Bank of Canada does not make use of its prerogatives in the interests of the Canadian public. The case is being prosecuted by Rocco Galati, who is widely considered to be Canada’s top constitutional lawyer."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-case-to-reinstate-the-bank-of-canada/54...

Advoc8tr's picture

Exactly the same shit happened here (Australia) with our Commonwealth Bank .... which has since been privatized.  It was created to help drag drag us out of the depression by providing said interest free "infrastructure" loans - it worked and when everything was rosey again the politicians started with the "independent central bank" meme and killed it off to be sold for peanuts.

BolshevikPartyPlanningCommitee's picture

"The establishment of a central bank is 90% of communizing a Nation"  Vladdy Lenin (Chosenite)

UselessEater's picture

bombs and independant central banks have a strong correlation

smell the propoganda and endorse or sleep walk through the slaughter

every nation improves exactly how??? once its central bank joins & cooperates with the global economy

Clarabell's picture

Interestingly news of this legal case is being almost completely censored in the Canadian MSM. The truth is the media in Canada is as completely controlled as in the U.S., maybe even more so!

Real Estate Geek's picture

Here's a preview of next week's headlines:  "Rocco Galati killed in freak accident."

ThirteenthFloor's picture

Turkey is most likely next to head east. They have to stabilize the Lira. This will be bigger than Greece since US has CIA/narco operations in Ankara. Ergodan bashed New York Times owners last week. Fun ahead.

WhackoWarner's picture

This is landmark. I mentioned it a week or so back as Galati & plaintiffs had prevailed in a challenge to proceed.  Again it got zero coverage in Canadian media.

Curious as this lawyer, as you say, is a top constitutional lawyer (of Charter of Riights etc.).  All hhis other cases have been given attention but not this.

AND Harper has not managed to buy off the Supreme Court (unlike the USA USA).  There is still a sliver (or is that silver?) of hope that this case will progress to the top.

 

I apologize profusely to the former Finance Minister whose name and website I cannot find right now....but the basis of this case I read years and years ago.  Bank of Canada has the mandate.  It is the law and in 1974 it was bypassed.

 

Now ask yourself what happened south of the border in 1974?

EDIT:  http://www.comer.org/

 

And edit again for those Canadians here too impatient to research:  "“TWO CANADIANS AND A CANADIAN ECONOMIC THINK TANK CONFRONT THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL POWERS IN THE CANADIAN FEDERAL COURT. THE CANADIANS PLEAD FOR DECLARATIONS THAT WOULD RESTORE THE USE OF THE BANK OF CANADA FOR THE BENEFIT OF CANADIANS AND REMOVE IT FROM THE CONTROL OF INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE ENTITIES WHOSE INTERESTS AND DIRECTIVES ARE PLACED ABOVE THE INTEREST OF CANADIANS AND THE PRIMACY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA"....from pressfortruth.ca

HowdyDoody's picture

The Nazis have to be dealt with, even if it means leaving them in the Galician rump state, surrouded by massive walls and no trade / energy routes.

 

Self-enslavement's picture

The Chosenites need to be dealt with, even if it means dropping nuclear bombs from house to house.

Not Too Important's picture

The first nuclear bomb just went off.

Calmyourself's picture

STOP WITH THIS!!  His actions and those around him (Jarrett, Kerry, Brennan) are not mistakes they are deliberate measures to weaken us internally.  These moves are designed to weaken us politically and militarily domestically and internationally there can be no other rational explanation...   INTERNALIZE THIS TRUTH!

"Obama could not achieve this having fucked up just about every foreign relationship we have and dividing the country at home."

Self-enslavement's picture

Chosenites are known to be insane from inbreeding for thousands of years...

UselessEater's picture

insane - purely from an outsider point of view

Self-enslavement's picture

Typical of you chosenites, you only see your own point of view. You never see the other side of the coin or tell the whole story. Like I said, thousands of years of inbreeding does interesting things to human genetics...

UselessEater's picture

you missed my point

I, like 99% are an outsider, it appears insane to us. Totally sane to them.

I incoorectly assumed my point was obvious. The 0.001% do not read ZH. They are busy with other things.

New Kid's picture

IOW, they are insane...like a fox.

Anusocracy's picture

They manipulate others to do irrational things by inciting moral indignation in them. All without conscience or remorse.

It is insanity imposed on others.

TheReplacement's picture

No, he has a point.  Imagine how someone else sees you - maybe insane and maybe not (don't care why).

UselessEater's picture

Are you suggesting he is correct and the 99% should quibble about each others sanity when it is we who are missing the big picture? Listen to Catherine Austin Fitts. She explains well that "they, Mr Global" are operating in a perfectly sane way for their way of thinking and their goals. It is we who are insanely assuming they will operate in another way. In a general sense, I couldn't give a toot how another 99% sees me (at least one of their causes will somehow find a way to criminalize and trap me) - I'm actually just interested in my family surviving how Mr Global sees me.

 

edit - Sir, I think my comment was misdirected, but that aside it may be a relevant one.

HowdyDoody's picture

The guys with the Napoleon complex wandering around insane asylums believe they really are Napoleon.

 

Self-enslavement's picture

Maybe they're the sane ones...

BolshevikPartyPlanningCommitee's picture

Very true.  In fact, they have over 100 chosenite specific diseases, which is one of the reasons for their big demand for organs.  They are definitely a mixed mongrel edomite race or the sinnagogues give you diseases.....