February 12, 2015

Ukraine crisis: Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel make desperate attempt to convince the two sides to accept a political solution

The leaders of Germany and France will try to convince Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to accept a new peace plan for Ukraine today, in a desperate search for a political solution to a war spiralling out of control on the European Union’s doorstep.

The leaders of Germany and France will try to convince Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to accept a new peace plan for Ukraine today, in a desperate search for a political solution to a war spiralling out of control on the European Union’s doorstep.

Analysts were cautious about the initiative’s chances of success. Matthew Bryza, a former US diplomat now working for the Estonia-based International Centre for Defence Studies, said it sent the wrong signal just as Mr Putin faced internal pressure because of sanctions. “By meeting him, the Western leaders play into Mr Putin’s ridiculously false narrative that no price is too high for him to pay for continuing his hybrid war against Ukraine.”
Read more: The Independent

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