We have stated this more than once this month of January 2015, So much is happening that it is difficult to keep up with the institutional activities. This is another significant tidbit, and as always we are challenged to read deeper for deception and hidden agendas. ~Ron
Ukraine crisis: Angela Merkel ‘offers Russia free trade deal for peace’
Angela Merkel has reportedly offered Russia negotiations on a free trade agreement with the EU in exchange for a peace deal in Ukraine.
The German chancellor made the offer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she spoke of a free trade area “from Lisbon to Vladivostok”, according to a report in Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.Mrs Merkel said Germany was “ready” to discuss “possibilities of cooperation in a common trade areas”. But she made it clear talks could not start until Russia abides by the Minsk Agreement, the ceasefire agreed in September, which it has so far failed to honour.
Mrs Merkel’s vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, who was also in Davos, spelt out the offer more clearly. “The next step is to discuss a free trade zone,” he said. “We should offer Russia a way out.”
Russia’s economy is currently suffering from the effects of heavy EU and US sanctions imposed in response to the Ukraine crisis.