#Poroshenko holds up passports of #Russian soldiers he says have “lost their way” 100 km from #Ukraine’s border with Russia
MUNICH, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel warned on
Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian
separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing a sharp
rebuke from a leading U.S. senator who accused Berlin of turning
its back on an ally in distress.
The heated exchange at a security conference in Munich
pointed to the fragility of the transatlantic consensus on how
to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over a deepening
conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 5,000.
MUNICH (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel on Saturday ruled out sending weapons to the Ukrainian government to fight pro-Russian separatists but said there was no guarantee that her latest peace initiative with French President Francois Hollande would work either.
Speaking at a Munich conference on Saturday attended by top U.S., European, Ukrainian and Russian officials, Merkel said the Franco-German peace plan presented to Kiev and Moscow this week was worth trying, but “it is uncertain if it will succeed”.
#Russia’s #Lavrov at #MSC2015 – US is blaming Russia for the world’s problems
#Merkel tells #MSC2015 that while she understands debate over arming #Ukraine, more weapons will not help solve the conflict
MUNICH, Feb 6 (Reuters) – European defence officials warned
on Friday that arming Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian
separatists would only inflame the conflict, but were told by
NATO’s top soldier, an American general, that the West should
consider using “all tools” if diplomacy with Moscow wasn’t
The debate at the Munich Security Conference highlighted an
emerging rift between Europe and Washington over how to confront
Russian President Vladmir Putin as Moscow-backed rebels make
territorial gains in eastern Ukraine.