America presents Russia with conditions of surrender

John Kerry has stated the conditions that need to be met for the lifting of sanctions on Russia. According to him, all sanctions will be lifted after the "fulfilment of the Minsk agreements by Russia". It is noteworthy that the US Secretary of State did not list the return of Crimea to Ukraine as a condition for lifting the sanctions, something that the State Department previously insisted on.

This proposal was made during the visit of the head of the American diplomatic group in Moscow. During the visit, Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Is Crimea Russian?

The fact that the list of conditions did not include the return of Crimea is a new trend in American diplomacy.  It remains unclear whether the Americans have in mind that sanctions are imposed on Russia in regards to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine or if they tacitly accept Crimea’s reunification with Russia.  However, what is more likely is that Kerry deliberately did not mention Crimea, and first suggested that Russia should make concessions on the east of Ukraine. Even if Russia were to meet the American’s demands, they will always be able to retain some of the sanctions, using Russia’s control of Crimea as an argument.

Proposal to surrender

Russia is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, but nevertheless, the Americans believe it is responsible for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The American’s requirements include: "the withdrawal of the Russian military" (in fact the evacuation of the people's militia of Donbass) and the transfer of the Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics’ borders to the control of the Ukrainians. It is not difficult to understand that these requirements will lead to the fall of independent Donbass and mass terrorism from the Ukrainian side against dissidents. From a geopolitical point of view, this will be the biggest defeat for Russia, as Ukraine will remain an extremely hostile power, and an outpost of Atlanticism. With pro-Russian forces in Ukraine and in Donbass being suppressed, others will perceive the behavior of the Russian Federation as a betrayal. Concessions to the Americans will have a negative impact on the internal political situation in the country.