Berlin Against War
BERLIN, Germany (January 24, 2022) —Against the background of the Ukraine crisis, the demonization of Russia is intensifying and is now threatening to openly escalate.
Russia is being threatened with ever-tougher sanctions, including the disruption of trade relations concerning gas and oil. Payment transactions are being threatened. Further, actual military conflict has become a possibility.
The West uses the narrative of accusing Russia of preparing for war and planning to invade Ukraine. It argues that Russia threatens Ukraine if it moves its troops on its own territory, something that is constantly promoted in the Western media as a sign of Russia’s aggressiveness. Only a few warning voices can be heard.
In fact, the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the EU are sending more and more military units to Ukraine and along the entire western border of Russia. That is why Moscow is now demanding concrete military and legal security guarantees from the USA and NATO.
Part of the crisis manifests itself in the difficult economic and political situation in Ukraine. Russia is demanding the establishment of substantial neutrality in the country. The Minsk II Agreement, which is recognized under international law, provides a pathway to a nonviolent and lasting solution to the intra-Ukrainian conflict.
The Western guarantor nations of Minsk-II, Germany and France, must finally demand that Ukraine negotiate with representatives of the Donbass republics with the aim of permanently resolving the conflict there by granting them domestic autonomy.
The USA, Britain and their allies must immediately end their provocations, including the training of Ukraine’s military, as well as halting arms sales and shipments to the country.
We call for an immediate de-escalation of the USA-EU-NATO crisis before it is too late. The threat to world peace on Russia’s western border must be addressed by the United Nations and subjected to the provisions of the UN Charter and other elements of international law.
We appeal to the German government to stand by its refusal to provide arms to Ukraine. We appeal to Germany to finally advocate at the Minsk negotiations that the intra-Ukrainian conflict parties should begin serious negotiations with each other.
We call on the USA and NATO to address Russia’s security needs under the 1997 NATO-Russia Act, which states that the right of self-determination of the participating states must not be at the expense of other participants.
We urge you to support and distribute this appeal. International solidarity is of the utmost importance, especially against the background of the coronavirus crisis.
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