Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk
Finian CUNNINGHAM | 09.11.2014 | OPINION

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

Kiev’s President Petro Poroshenko this week called on his fawning Uncle Sam to resuscitate the Geneva format of peace talks. This forum was first convoked back in April between the US, European Union, Russia and the Kiev regime, with the latter arrogating the title of «Ukraine». 

Then only two days after this sudden nostalgia for Geneva, the Kiev regime was accusing Russia of a major cross-border military invasion into eastern Ukraine.

So, what is it? Peace talks, or war? Or maybe both at the same time? The trouble is the Western-backed Kiev regime doesn’t know what it wants, vacillating from one polar opposite to another. The mercurial mendacious logic belies ulterior motives, as always.

Let’s first focus on the latest invasion claims. Here we go again – Russia has invaded Ukraine for the umpteenth time over recent months, reported the Western media at the weekend. At this rate of going, if it were true, then Russia must by now have armoured divisions and regiments poised at the very gates of Kiev. Maybe they are super hi-tech stealth divisions and regiments that can’t be detected by satellites or the naked eye.

The latest «incursion» reported by the BBC and Financial Times involved 32 Russian tanks and 30 trucks. 

But then, on closer examination, the kerfuffle quickly vanishes when we note the source of this information – the Kiev regime. No rational person could possibly believe the claims of this inveterately lying regime – except it seems the Western media and governments, who throw all scepticism to the wind and spin faster than a tornado. 

Earlier this week, Canada’s foreign minister John Baird said he had «information» that Russia’s military was amassing on Ukraine’s eastern border. Moscow immediately rebuffed the Canadian claim, and pointed to Baird’s source of «information» – the Kiev regime.

NATO’s military commander General Philip Breedlove was also once again reiterating similar claims this week that Russia was menacing Ukraine’s border. As usual, no veritable proof is provided, just the say-so of anonymous sources, which in all likelihood means Kiev. Breedlove was joined in his anti-Russian rants by US army commander in Europe, Lt General Frederick Hodges, who said that Russia was «a real threat to Europe» but quickly assured that «we will defend our allies».

How chivalrous of the Americans! Nothing to do with driving a belligerent wedge between Europe and Russia out of Washington’s hegemonic selfish interests.

In common vernacular this self-serving, revolving-door kind of information-sharing between Washington and its Kiev stooges is known as «You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours».

Just for good measure to drive home the invasion theme, the Financial Times headlined with this top story on Friday: ‘Tensions rise as Putin defends Soviet-Nazi pact’. The FT report was referring to a comment made by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he apparently told history students that the 1939 non-aggression pact between the then Soviet Union and Nazi Germany was an understandable move by Moscow at that time to avoid an all-out war with the Third Reich. 

Putin’s remark seemed fairly innocuous and matter of fact. But that didn’t stop the Financial Times from going into a frenzy and implying that Putin’s comment about the Molotov-Ribbentrop accord was an allusion to present-day secret plans for Russian aggression towards Europe. 

It says much about the hysterical state of Western media when it latches on to the most tenuous tidbit to contrive a preordained theme of Putin as Europe’s «new Hitler».

In the latest scare about Russian tanks allegedly trundling into Ukraine, the BBC reported: «An armoured column including 32 tanks and 30 trucks has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, Kiev says.»

Note the way the BBC slyly appends «Kiev says» to a factual sounding claim of tanks crossing into eastern Ukraine. 

Several paragraphs into the story, the BBC then quotes its source as Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine. «The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines,» he said.

This is the same Lysenko who routinely denies that Kiev’s military forces are killing civilians in its onslaught against the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk – despite UN figures that more than 4,000 civilians have been killed since the Kiev regime launched its offensive in the eastern regions last April. Nearly 10,000 people have been injured and up to one million turned into refugees.

On September 13, Lysenko told media that 2,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the conflict and some 8,000 had been wounded. No photographs, graves or death certificates produced, just the say-so of the Kiev regime.

Then on September 24, Associated Press quoted Lysenko after an apartment block was shelled in Donetsk killing two civilians, saying that: «Ukrainian detachments comply with the ceasefire regime but the terrorists continue provocations.»

This week, two teenage students were killed when their school in Donetsk was shelled. Local sources and Russian investigators say that the explosives were fired by Kiev’s National Guard under the command of its Ministry of Defence. With reflexive response, Kiev’s military officials denied any responsibility – even though such indiscriminate shelling is a hallmark of this regime’s forces. 

The following day, on Thursday, two civilians were killed when a column of tanks assaulted the Donetsk suburb of Yasynuvata. The tanks were not the Russian military’s, needless to say; they were commanded from Kiev. 

Only hours before the latest atrocities against civilians, the Kiev military spokesman Lysenko had the brass neck to say that the Western-backed regime was adhering to the ceasefire brokered in Minsk on September 5. 

If that’s the case why then have nearly 100 soldiers belonging to Kiev’s military forces been killed since the ceasefire was signed? The truce mandates all forces to withdraw from conflict lines, so why are Kiev’s military still in the line of fire if they are obeying a ceasefire?

Earlier this week, Kiev President Poroshenko was also swearing good faith to the ceasefire. «Ukraine never ceases to comply with the spirit and letter of the Minsk Protocol,» he said.

This is said with a sincere face even though Poroshenko’s regime is violating the spirit and letter of the Minsk ceasefire deal every day of the week – such as this week cancelling a commitment to autonomy for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the lethal shelling of schools and residential neighbourhoods.

Russia’s envoy to the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe, Andrei Kelin, pointed out that the Kiev regime has broken every commitment signed up to in the Minsk Protocol.

Kelin said: «We have shown clearly, based on concrete facts, that Kiev has violated almost all the clauses stipulated in the Minsk Protocol. This refers to the non-adoption of the amnesty law, to the law on the special status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which they want to revoke now. This refers to the escalation of the conflict.»

Yet Poroshenko this week reportedly telephoned US Secretary of State John Kerry asking for Washington to reconvene the Geneva forum. The Geneva agreement, like the Minsk one, also called on all sides of the conflict to cease fire and withdraw from the conflict zone.

Like Minsk, the Geneva Protocol has been trashed by the Kiev regime. Days after signing in Geneva on April 17, the Western-backed regime launched its deadly, criminal offensive on the eastern regions. 

Clearly the words and documents issued by this illegal coup-regime are worthless, whenever it denies killing children, denies using cluster bombs, denies violating ceasefires, but claims over and over again that Russia is invading – so often and preposterously that Russian troops should be in Berlin by now!

So what is Poroshenko striving at in phoning Uncle Sam to rehabilitate Geneva when neither peace nor dialogue is obviously his intention?

The likely answer is that the Geneva format pre-dates the November 2 elections in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk republics. Those elections formalised the political leaderships of the breakaway republics and bestowed a mandate, which Kiev, Washington and Brussels have refused to recognise. Washington and Brussels have, however, used supreme double standards by recognising the October 26 elections in Kiev, even though they were organised by a regime that came to power through an illegal seizure of power in February – with Western support.

The Geneva format that Poroshenko seems so keen to revive did not include the leaderships of Donetsk and Luhansk, obviously because they didn’t exist at the time. That would seem to be why he and his regime are now belatedly invoking the Geneva forum. It is a way to exclude any independent participation by the breakaway republics in charting the future of Ukraine. It is not about endeavouring for peace or genuine dialogue. How could it be when the Kiev regime has done everything to violate those very principles? This is Kiev’s way of trying to delegitimise the elections in eastern Ukraine and their people’s right to self-determination.

In other words, Geneva is being recalled only to erase Minsk.

Kiev’s incorrigible lying always leads eventually to the truth.

RELATED ARTICLES