The Independent reports, “Ukraine crisis: House of Lords criticises EU and Britain for ‘sleepwalking into crisis’ as Moscow and NATO remain on diplomatic collision course.”
The fraught relationship between Russia and the West, which was supposed to improve following an agreement over Ukraine, has descended instead into renewed acrimony after a series of tense military and diplomatic confrontations.
France and Germany, which had brokered the Minsk accord last week, were yesterday trying to hold together the increasingly fragile ceasefire in Ukraine amid reports that fighting was spreading once again. Kremlin-backed separatists and Cossack fighters triumphantly paraded through the shattered town of Debaltseve, a strategic point they had captured in the past 48 hours.
Britain, which along with the EU will be strongly criticised by a House of Lords committee today for “sleep-walking into this crisis”, was drawn towards centre-stage after two Russian Bear bombers off the coast of Cornwall – but just outside UK airspace – were met by RAF jets scrambled from their base in Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
From whence will the flashpoint of World War III ignite?
Place your bets: Middle East… Europe/Russia… and don’t forget about China’s jostling with its neighbors.
Putin knows Europe is hanging by a thread, economically, over the negotiations with Greece—all it will take is a good, swift Kremlin kick in the nether regions, and Europe will be the walking-dead, enabling him to do just about anything he wants in the Baltic states, and in finishing off his takeover of Ukraine.
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