We have spoken many times before about the Berlin-Moscow axis and why throughout modern history, the Western cabal have done everything in their power to ensure that this political, social and economic alliance should never come to pass. It is precisely for this reason that Washington continues to have an overbearing influence on the European Union and particularly Germany. Their undue leverage can be seen not least in terms of the ongoing sanctions imposed against Russia with regards to the Ukraine Minsk 2 accords and the migrant crisis which is engulfing Europe and now creating ripples of discontent across most EU nations.
Set against this backdrop this author has been aware for some time and has spoken about it elsewhere previously, that Germany and Russia have been in secret talks, which have excluded Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. The belief is that these are geared around restoring full political and economic ties and moving towards a fully fledged alliance something that Washington, in particular, wishes to strongly resist. This author contends that this is indeed the catalyst for a fully integrated Berlin-Moscow axis.
Furthermore senior German ministers have privately expressed serious concern about the anti-Russian rhetoric expressed by Merkel and likewise Russian counterparts have been equally vocal in their concerns about Merkel’s apparent support of US military overtures with respect to encroachment towards Russia’s borders. Both sides, incorporating lawmakers and commerce, have equal disdain for the futility of Washington led economic sanctions, which have been more damaging to EU nations than to Russia.
Whilst the private face of ongoing talks, largely remains something of a mystery, we are increasingly seeing vocal condemnation and concerns in German about sanctions and cold war rhetoric with respect to Russia.
Recently the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggested that “stable security” in Europe was unthinkable without Russia. Steinmeier is proposing to put limits on armed forces and military hardware stationed in Europe and greater transparency as to what is precisely being utilised across the continent. He stated that, “we cannot just turn away from Russia, who has become extremely complex. On the contrary, we need again to find a way for passing from the phase of confrontation and growing tensions to sustainable understanding of a common security.”
In mid-August Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov for talks in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg that focused primarily on Ukraine and Syria. The two ministers affirmed their support for the Minsk process aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov stated that Moscow had “irrefutable” proof of an alleged plot by Kiev to launch sabotage attacks in Crimea, something they hotly refute. There was also agreement between the two sides with regards to the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo. Lavrov was quick to tell the media that Russia are paying top-priority attention towards their relations with Germany. One suspects privately Germany very much reciprocates that point of view.
In further developments, the German ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, speaking at the German-Russian economic forum in Bad Pyrmont said that Brussels should have been “a bit smarter” in handling conflicts with respect to Moscow. He suggested that had Russia taken part in talks on Ukraine’s proposed association with the European Union, Germany would have avoided the deeply damaging effects of the Russian sanctions.
Gerhard Schroeder insisted that “despite our differences” the West should resume “partnership relations” with Moscow. Critically he emphasised the need for a strong Russia while the US needs a weak Russia to economically prevail over the continent. He was also keen to point out that Germany had been hardest hit by these sanctions and why should Germany continue to suffer when, “we know that these sanctions simply make no sense.”
The need to end these sanctions was re-iterated by Vladimir Dmitriev, the vice president of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who said “Russian business is not interested in halting projects with German partners and is ready for increase in investment flow and localization of German production. The Deutsche Bundesbank’s data proves this. German companies invested in Russia over $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016 in comparison with $1.78 billion throughout 2015.”
Russia is keen to normalise economic relations with Germany and to see an expansion of German investment and manufacturing with their nation. Currently there are approximately 5500 German financed organisations operating in Russia, with an overall turnover exceeding $50 billion, providing job opportunities for about 275,000 people.
The two-day German-Russian economic forum in Bad Pyrmont, saw 150 politicians and business people from Russia and Germany discussing ties between the regions under sanctions. There was broad agreement that there needed to be a normalisation of relations and whilst there were challenges to overcome there was confidence that future developments and stability between the two nations was possible. Arguably the challenges are the belligerence and intransigence of Washington.
Increasingly we are seeing German consternation at Washington interference in Europe. Recently German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel blamed the failure of free trade talks between the European Union and the United States on Washington’s refusal to meet a number of European demands. It is now clear to Washington that Germany regards the TTIP to be dead in the water, for the time being, at the very least.
What is now quite clear is that publicly Germany wishes to see closer economic and political integration with Russia, although with some restraint, due in no small part to the overbearing attitude of Washington. What is perhaps more interesting was a need to work with Russia in terms of security within Europe. This alludes to another subject this author contends is afoot, namely the disintegration of NATO with the failed Turkish coup being the catalyst for such an outcome.
What we can say with certainty is that soon enough Germany will rotate east and join in an alliance which will finally see a fully integrated Berlin-Moscow axis which is something Washington is terrified of happening. What futile action they might take to try to prevent this happening remains to be seen.