June 22, 2011

Germany and Russia: Cooperation Increases
June 21, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
What is behind Berlin and Moscow’s efforts to resolve the dispute between Moldova and the breakaway territory of Transnistria?

Berlin and Moscow are collaborating to formally resolve the continuing frictions between Moldova and the breakaway region of Transnistria. These efforts mark the first demonstrable indication of Russo-German collaboration to resolve European security problems.

According to Stratfor Global Intelligence, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed on the resolution on June 14 when they met in Geneva, Switzerland. The two sides have been talking the details over with Moldova and Transnistria in the lead-up to a meeting about the issue taking place today in Moscow.

Tension has thrived between Moldova and Transnistria ever since the breakaway region gained de facto independence from Moldova shortly after the Soviet Union’s fall. Since then, Moscow has propped up the breakaway territory, in part by stationing 500 Russian soldiers in the small region. Moldova leans toward Europe in its politics, but Transnistria is a staunch Russian ally. The new resolution is expected to grant representation to Transnistria in the Moldovan parliament, and to allow European security forces into Transnistria to assist the Russian troops there.

However, Stratfor notes that “The specific details of the agreement are far less important than the fact that this is the first concrete instance of Russia and Germany working jointly to dictate the terms of key European security issues.” Today’s meeting on the Transnistria dispute, Stratfor said, is “likely to have effects that reach far beyond Moldova.”

The real significance of this resolution is that Berlin and Moscow hope the agreement will convince the world that cooperation between Germany and Russia, which is on the rise in many areas, is not a threat.

After all, Transnistrian representation in the Moldovan parliament will likely lead to the current pro-European leadership being replaced by a pro-Russian coalition. Isn’t Germany making a sacrifice in order to give Moldova a stable pro-Russian government?

Berlin believes that by making such a move, it will convince other European nations, especially in Central Europe, that Russo-German cooperation should be viewed as a force that leads to peace and improvement throughout Europe. Germany is willing to see Moldova move toward Russia in order to sell this idea.

Germany and Russia have been at odds with each other throughout history. The periods of cooperation between them, such as those initiated by the 1922 Treaty of Rapallo and the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, have been based on mutual strategic necessity in the lead-up to major conflicts.

In June of 2009, Trumpet columnist Brad Macdonald wrote this:

History is consistent on this point: Germany and Russia are not close friends, and any appearance that they are is a harbinger of conflict …. [T]he formation of a Russian-German axis is currently one of the most significant and underrated trends on the world scene! … Unlike America, the Kremlin is well aware of European history and sees that Germany has restored itself as the dominant power and natural leader of Europe. By forging closer ties with Berlin, the Russians are getting on good terms with the political, military and economic entity that will determine Europe’s future.

Germany and Russia want the world to believe that the warming ties between them are not a threat to other European nations. Germany is even willing to see Moldova potentially flip from pro-European leanings to a pro-Russian focus. But history makes plain where a warming Russo-German relationship will lead. If the increasing cooperation between Germany and Russia results in a peace pact, it will indicate that one or both sides are gearing up for another imperialistic campaign. To learn more about the prophetic significance of the warming relationship between Russia and Germany, read “Russia’s Attack Signals Dangerous New Era.”