New York Times: As New Ukraine Talks Begin, What Is the State of Europe’s Only Active War?
KIEV, Ukraine — With soldiers dying daily in Ukraine, the site of the only active war in Europe, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will host a meeting on Wednesday to see whether President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is willing to cut a deal to end the conflict while he also faces pressure from the West over Moscow’s role in Syria.
Mr. Putin and Ms. Merkel will meet with President François Hollande of France and President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine to talk about the fighting as the Ukraine crisis returns to the diplomatic agenda and the leaders try to restart a cease-fire there.
Separately, Mr. Putin, who is often in the eye of the storm on international crises, is expected to meet with Ms. Merkel and Mr. Hollande to discuss the civil war in Syria, where the Russian Air Force is backing the government side.
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WNU Editor: I have zero expectations from these talks.
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