August 25, 2014

What a Russia-Ukraine Deal Could Look Like

Patrick Smith, The Fiscal Times

The Associated Press

All eyes will focus this week on Minsk where Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko. After coming close to armed confrontation over the aid-laden convoy Russia sent into Ukraine’s eastern region last week, the encounter in the Belarus capital Tuesday suddenly and unexpectedly presents the two sides with the their best chance yet to reach a diplomatic and political agreement settling the nine-month crisis over Ukraine’s future status and direction.

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TAGGED: Russia, Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin


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