A media representative for RF Gosduma Deputy Andrei Kozenko told us that LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky and DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko arrived in the Crimea today to take part in events dedicated to the third anniversary of the “Crimean Spring”, as well as to meet with the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee. RF Gosduma Deputy Andrei Kozenko and RF Federation Council Member Sergei Tsekov met the LNR/DNR delegations at the Simferopol airport. On 17 March, Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky will take part in the first meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee at the Livadia Palace. The Committee is a permanent structure with the objective of strengthening the humanitarian, social, and cultural integration of the Donbass and the RF. Earlier reports stated that our LNR delegation would take part in events dedicated to the third anniversary of the “Crimean Spring”.
The LNR delegation included Head of State Plotnitsky, Acting Deputy Chairman of the LNR Council of Ministers Natalya Tikhonskaya, Acting Head of the National Executive Committee of the Public Movement “World of Lugansk” and Chairman of the Head of State’s Public Council Nikolai Zaporozhets, Chairman of the LNR Federation of Trade Unions Oleg Akimov, LNR Peoples Soviet Deputy and Chairman of the LNR all-Republic Organisation of Trade Unions of Education and Science Workers Oleg Koval, and LNR Minister of Agriculture and Food Ruslan Sorokovenko.
15 March 2017
LITs Lugansk Information Centre
This is VERY IMPORTANT NEWS. I chose the all-caps for a reason. Russia is officially acknowledging the existence of the Peoples Republics by accepting this official visit, by sending governmental figures to greet them, by giving the Donbass Heads of States a role in official Russian celebrations, and by setting up a committee to oversee the “integration” of the PRs with the RF… not only in a socio-economic sense, but also the state apparat.
This isn’t full-blown diplomatic “recognition”… it’s more important than that. It’s a bald statement that the integration of the PRs into the RF is under serious consideration and that the RF will NOT allow the junta to overrun them. This signals the final divorce of the PRs from the present notional Ukrainian “state”. It’s also a sign that the Russians are readying to step in after the inevitable collapse of the junta. I think that the gambit is clear… Russia wants the 1914 border, which means that Poland, Romania, and Hungary would all sit at the barbeque table, too. These countries would gain long-claimed territories… but at the cost of angering the USA and the EU. Hungary will sit at table… that’s clear. Orbán will do it. That puts pressure on Poland and Romania to do likewise… their nationalists will demand it. Putin’s strategy is clear. Take what was Russia’s… leave the rest of the carcass (what the Habsburgs ruled in 1914) to the successor states of the Habsburgs. It’d split the EU and NATO, perhaps, fatally (in their present forms, at least). Do you doubt that VVP is the slickest statesman out there? Trump has no traction… the USA doesn’t have the moxie or capability to intervene, short of war with Russia (which won’t happen). The EU has no traction… it has less moxie or capability than Trump does, and that’s before you count in the deep divisions in its ranks. Vova wins again… as a judoka, he knows how to use his opponents’ strengths AGAINST them. Think on that…