October 21, 2016

"Minsk-3" and psychological arsenal of Kremlin

 By Irina Severin | UAObserver 

The October talks in the Normandy format in Berlin, which have already was dubbed the Minsk-3, and the events around them showed the Kremlin’s psychological arsenal, which it uses in the fight against the West.

Arsenal is very effective, judging by the results of the negotiations. Putin managed to convince European partners that the elections should be held before the withdrawal of Russian troops and weapons from Ukraine and until Ukrainian control over the border was restored, which, as Putin promised (everyone knows the price of his promises, but they believed him) will be transferred to Ukraine at the second day after the elections.

As the correspondent of Kommersant Kolesnikov reported from the event, having access to the body of, if not Putin, then Surkov, Merkel several times set aside obstinate Poroshenko and, after talking with her, he was agreeing to everything. As the result, Putin managed to put the squeeze on Poroshenko. In exchange, Putin agreed for the introduction of the military mission of OSCE. It seems, Putin intends to expand the mission at the expense of the Russian military, who already control the OSCE Mission of Observers and are seen in the transfer of intelligence information to the Russian occupation army (in its hybrid version).