International conference in Munich provided a split among Western leaders: Berlin, London and Paris are pinning their hopes in the decision of the Ukrainian falling on penalties Against Russia, and at the same time, Washington sees the way out of the confrontation in the supply Kiev lethal weapons, writes the new York times.
Differences within the Western Union to send to Ukraine "defensive weapons" increased once Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it was fundamentally Against the supply of lethal weapons to Kiev." Progress is necessary for Ukraine, it is impossible to achieve With the new weapons, " she said at the Munich security conference, reports RT. Against the position Merkel said Republican Senator Bob Corker, noting that in the us Congress increased support arm Ukraine, and former foreign Minister of Britain Malcolm Rifkind, who said that a peace agreement will not be reached until then, as long as the Pro-Russian rebels won't find a tougher resistance " from Ukrainians. According to the magazine, this sharp exchange of views revealed contradictions in Western political circles. There is no understanding of How the U.S. and its European allies, the hope to develop an overall strategy. Merkel said nothing on the issue of achieving any progress in the negotiations in the Russian capital With the participation of Russian and French presidents. However, drawing an analogy with the policy of containment, which led to the end of the cold war, the German Chancellor suggested that the extension of economic sanctions is the best strategy, although it will not work. Germany, France and Britain are in the camp of supporters of economic punishment and believe that they need more time. The Obama administration still arguing about further actions. At the same time the White house is "very cautious" and waiting for the visit of Merkel in the United States, scheduled for early next week to make a final decision, the magazine concludes. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia S. Lavrov Century, also spoke at the Symposium with " hard speech, awakened memories of the cold war ". He expressed dissatisfaction with the NATO decision on the adoption of the new Eastern members and noted that the plans for the deployment of the American MISSILE defense have the opportunity to Express the desire of the U.S. to achieve " world domination ". Speaking about Ukraine, the Minister said that the dialogues between Putin, Merkel and Hollande will continue. He also said that there are grounds for confidence. However, according to the newspaper, a bit of that in circulation Lavrov would have thought about searching General items. He was subjected to prosecution in the U.S. in support of the anti-constitutional coup d'etat and that they turn a blind eye to violations of the Ukrainian side. Before the media reported that the initiative of the American specialists to deliver lethal weapons on Ukraine identified the main strategic rift between Washington and Berlin, which are the key collaborators for each other in the Ukrainian question. While senior Commissioner of the U.S. state Department said that the peace plan, which German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the French Republic Francois Hollande made an offer to settle the fall in Ukraine, "in General corresponds to the" Minsk agreements.