Andrew Rettman er en flink journalist i euobserver.com. Han har snakket med en diplomat som sier at det er full splid i EU. Et stort antall land har fått kalde føtter og ønsker ikke foreta seg noe overfor Russland. Blant dem Tyskland.

Hvis dette er korrekt vil det ikke skje noe. I høyden spill for galleriet. EU har nedsatt en taskforce som skal se på tiltak. Dens arbeid er forlenget og konklusjonen utsatt.

Kanskje denne konklusjonen har vært der hele tiden, og det var derfor Angela Merkel foreslo Jens Stoltenberg som ny generalsekretær. Også for Statoil er det business as usual.

Just follow the money.

EUs utenriksministre møttes i Athen i helgen. Der ble splittelsen åpen. Putin for selvfølgelig beskjed. Han kan kalkulere flere trekk fremover.

A meeting by officials to update ambassadors in the EU Council on the work in progress was also pushed back from last week to this Wednesday amid delays.

One diplomat said the slow pace reflects growing divisions.

“At the Gymnich in Athens [an EU foreign ministers’ meeting at the weekend], we heard from some ministers that the EU should take part of the blame for the crisis, that the summit in Vilnius was badly prepared, that the Eastern Partnership policy was badly thought out – this is quite a comfortable position which leads us toward introspection instead of strong opposition to Russia,” the contact said.

The diplomat indicated that France and Germany, as well as southern states Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain are toeing the new line.

Another EU diplomat blamed the “Russian lobby” in Europe.

“There’s a bloc of Russian-friendly politicians, business chiefs, journalists, intellectuals, which has been cultivated by Russia for years and which is now mobilising on its behalf,” he said.

He noted that the federal model serves Russian interests by making Ukraine “ungovernable” and by ending prospects of its EU integration.

“The West knows what to do: We must show complete solidarity. We must send in military aid. We must flood Ukraine with experts – on the economy, on security sector reform, as we did in the Balkans. And we must put hundreds of EU personnel, in a peacekeeping or monitoring mission, on the Ukrainian-Russian border. But we lack the political will to confront Russia,” he added.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU, Kostyantin Yeliseyev, also called for a stronger response.

“We need to be more creative, to surprise Russia, because all the EU’s actions so far have been anticipated by the Russian side,” he told EUobserver on Monday.

“We have to avoid any sense of appeasement, any question of Western fatigue.”

Flere land i Øst-Europa er energiavhengig av Russland og har utviklet økonomiske og politiske bånd. Slovakia får 7 % av sitt BNP i transittavgifter for gass. Det har vært snakk om å reroute gass tilbake til Ukraina, hvis Moskva kutter gassen til ukrainerne. Da ville kranene bli skrudd igjen til Slovakia også. Det vil ikke landet våge.

“It’s not just Germany and the southern EU countries which are taking a pro-Russian swerve. We are also seeing this in Bulgaria, in Hungary and in Slovakia,” the EU diplomat told this website.