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Feb 7, 2015

Merkel rules out arming Ukraine government but unsure peace push will work

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”.

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Feb 6, 2015

Europeans warn Washington: arming Kiev will backfire

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.

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