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POSTED | 11:04 AM | 07-02-2015

Ukraine summit unsuccessful

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is “uncertain” whether this weekend’s diplomacy will settle the 10-month-old Ukraine conflict after talks in Moscow didn’t yield a breakthrough early on Saturday (7 Feb 2015).

“It is uncertain whether this will be successful,” Merkel said in Munich after she and French President Francois Hollande held an inconclusive meeting at the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “But in my view and in the view of the French president, it’s at least worth making an attempt,” she said.

Merkel, Hollande, Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plan a conference call on Sunday to discuss a potential settlement. Poroshenko took a bow to a crowd of international diplomats at the Munich Security Conference when Merkel hailed his commitment to ending the conflict.

The more than five hours of talks in the Kremlin took place as US officials debated new steps to pressure Russia, including military deployments in countries like Poland and the Baltic states. The meeting was a bid to stave off a deeper confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine. Poroshenko told reporters he won’t meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who’s also in Munich.

“There’s been no breakthrough; Ukraine can’t meet Putin’s demands,” Joerg Forbrig, a senior program director at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, told Bloomberg by phone. “Military aid for Ukraine is becoming more likely after the failure of these talks and the likelihood that the rebels will now go on the offensive.”

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