by Pepe Escobar

http://www.atimes.com

Source: Asia Times

Any (bureaucratic) doubts the New Cold War is on have been dispelled by the Group of Seven issuing a pompous, self-described Hague Declaration. Abandon all hope those who expected The Hague to become the seat of a tribunal judging the war crimes of the Cheney regime.

The G-7 also cancelled its upcoming summer summit in Sochi as a means of “punishing” Moscow over Crimea. As if this carried any practical value. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded with class; if you don’t want us, we have better things to do. [1] Everyone knows the G-7 is an innocuous, self-important talk shop. It’s in the G-20 – much more representative of the real world – where crucial geopolitical and geoeconomic issues gain traction.

The Hague Declaration comes complete with the kiss of death, as in, “The International Monetary Fund has a central role leading the international effort to support Ukrainian reform, lessening Ukraine’s economic vulnerabilities, and better integrating the country as a market economy in the multilateral system.” That’s code for “wait till structural adjustment starts biting”.

And then there will be “measures to enhance trade and strengthen energy security” – code for “we will destroy your industry” but “are not very keen on paying your humongous Gazprom bill”.

All this in the sidelines of a supposed summit on nuclear security in the Netherlands, where US President Barack Obama, at the Rijksmuseum, in front of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, extolled Washington’s “support of the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian people”. Rembrandt’s watchers have never seen anything like it in their glorious lifespan. It pays to be a Nazi after all; you just need to be in the right government, against the right enemy, and fully approved by the hyper-power.

King Willem-Alexander hosted a lavish dinner for the members of the nuclear security summit at the Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague – after Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a (failed) bid to “isolate” Russia. The White House would later add that, as long as Russia continues “flagrantly” to violate international law, “there is no need for it to engage with the G7″. Unless, of course, it starts conducting a drone war in Ukrainian badlands – with kill-list attached.

All about NATO

The US Senate – always enjoying superb popularity ratings – laboriously laid the groundwork for debating a bill backing a US$1 billion loan guarantee for the regime changers in Kiev, plus $150 million in aid also including “neighboring countries”. These figures are enough to pay Ukraine’s bills for maybe two weeks.

Meanwhile, in the facts-on-the -ground department, Crimea will be booming soon – tourism included – and may even become a “special economic zone”. [2] Subjects of the upcoming IMF/agrobusiness-plundered Khaganate of Nulands will see the results for themselves.

Hysteria within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that Russia is about to invade everyone and his neighbor literally tomorrow – remember The Russians Are Coming! – persists unabated. Independent observers, The Roving Eye included, always insisted this is all about NATO, and not the European Union. [3]

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