February 5, 2015

Merkel-Hollande plan. Why now?

The initiative seems quite unexpected and Hollande said: Peace is under threat at the borders of Europe. In Ukraine, there is a war. It sound pretty urgent. So what you expect from this initiative, and why we see it now?

The initiative seems quite unexpected and Hollande said: Peace is under threat at the borders of Europe. In Ukraine, there is a war. It sound pretty urgent. So what you expect from this initiative, and why we see it now?

Maksym Bugriy’s comment: This could be another attempt to freeze the conflict and the key question is on what terms. Remarkably, some Russian media emphasize that President Putin would meet with the German and French leaders not mentioning Secretary of State John Kerry as a party to the negotiations format. It looks however like Kyiv has assembled more US political support. While the discussion over the supply of lethal weapons for Ukraine is something German and French leaders would like to avoid and it could become then one of the bargaining arguments. At this moment, I would not exclude that Russia-supported insurgents would like to use the momentum to gain more territory. Yet, the Ukrainian military demonstrates the ability to produce fair resistance.
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