Last Thursday, when to much fanfare, the latest diplomatic iteration of the Ukraine "de-escalation", i.e., the Geneva Accord, was revealed, we said "Everyone knows that the half-life of these pointless diplomatic summits aimed at "de-escalating" geopolitical tensions is measured in days if not hours..." Looks like many did not know. So moments ago Angela Merkel finally explained it for them, and even the slowst algos:
- MERKEL SAYS GENEVA ACCORD PROCESS HAS FAILED
During discussions with Vladimir Putin today, Merkel said Russia had a chance to convince Ukraine separatists to back down but "that chance has now gone."Perhaps even more concerning is her concluding remark that:
- MERKEL SAYS JOINT G-7 ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA NOW BEING PREPARED
.... To be followed shortly thereafter by the Russian "scorched earth" response to NATO we discussed earlier?