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BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin is considering deploying soldiers to monitor the ceasefire negotiated by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) between separatists and the army in eastern Ukraine, a German government source said on Saturday.
The source said on Saturday that the German armed forces were prepared to provide soldiers and equipment if political decisions were made to the effect that there should be an OSCE mission involving German troops.
The number of soldiers that would be sent is, however, not yet foreseeable and there is no clear operational concept as yet because that would depend on the security situation in Ukraine and conditions set by the OSCE, the source said.
The newspaper said the mission was the result of a Franco-German fact-finding mission of the border region in mid-September which found that the ceasefire could only be monitored if armed soldiers protected the monitoring staff.
originally posted by: DJW001
The significance is that it was a "Franco-German" investigation. Putin has been emboldened by the American president's reticence to intervene militarily. Despite the assumption that the United States intervened militarily in North Africa and Syria, practically no American military assets have been deployed until recently. France has intervened militarily in North Africa. The Germans are reminding Putin that Ukraine is Europe's near abroad, and unlike the United States, Europe is prepared to use force if necessary.
I doubt that Putin is "emboldened" due to anything Obama did or did not do.
The news item talks about OSCE which is not a military force.
Sure they can observe. I doubt it changes much on the ground.
originally posted by: stuthealien
so my take is ,,the eu and obama caused a coup de tat,and now to safeguard the peace fire they recommend sending germany a eu member itself with an obvious biased to eu.
does this sound like a fair decision of democracy ?????
should this not be a force not from the eu?????????????
originally posted by: Pakd-on-mystery
a reply to: Xcathdra
From the way I know german Poloticians the last word is yet to be spoken in this matter.
The majority of Germany is against involvement of our country, and as far as I'm concerned Germany is just fullfilling it's "obligations"(we all know Merkel is a pushover) as an ally.
Although Merkel does condemn Putin's actions, she has no intention to go to war against him. Not even in favor of the USA.