I don't know if Putin has Asperger's syndrome, but what the Russian government is asking is INSANE. Stop the "Jewish Genocide" (wtf ?) ? Reinstitute Yanukovych in Kiev and depose the current elected president of Ukraine [Poroshenko] ? Give at least the third of the surface of Ukraine to Novorossiya separatists ?
They must be joking, right ?
The list of their demands goes beyond normal comprehension, and yes Angela Merkel is right to be "very pessimistic". It seems that Russia wants a war. Or perhaps Putin thinks the West will never dare to react.