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Hollande to bridge Russia-Ukraine differences
June 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

French President Francois Hollande is expected to try and build a diplomatic bridge between his Russian and US counterparts Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama who have been engaged in a war of words over Ukraine.

The presidents, as well as 15 other world leaders, arrived in France today ahead of Friday’s 70th anniversary of the D-Day (Normandy) landing by allied forces fighting Nazi Germany during World War II.

They will gather on the beaches of Normandy where tens of thousands of allied troops died on June 6, 1944 as they opened a beachhead which eventually led to the end of the war.

Although Obama and Putin are most likely not to meet – Washington has requested that Hollande not try to bring the two together – France will act as an intermediary between Russian and Ukrainian leaders on the sidelines of the commemoration events.

“The Putin-Hollande meeting will center on the settlement of Ukraine crisis, particularly an end to punitive operations in the country’s southeast and the May 25 presidential elections,” a Kremlin press release said.

France’s diplomatic activity comes on the heels of a G7 (absent Russia) meeting in Brussels in which the organisation’s leaders urged Moscow to accept the recent elections in Ukraine.

Hollande is hoping to establish contacts between Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko.

However, in a communique following their Brussels meeting, the G7 leaders warned Russia that they have reached consensus to “implement significant additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters following the G7 meeting that:
“If we do not have progress in the questions we have to solve, there is the possibility of sanctions (even heavier phase 3 sanctions) on the table, because we cannot afford a further destabilisation in Ukraine.”

Earlier, there had been some criticism pointed at Hollande for inviting the Russian President.

However, Hollande insisted that Putin’s involvement in Normandy celebrations is necessary because “we owe to the Russian people, or more precisely, to the Soviet people at that time” for their heroism and sacrifice in defeating Nazi Germany.

At least 22 million Soviets died fighting Nazi Germany during World War II.

“This is why President Putin needed to be present on 6 June. The victory against the Nazi barbarism has been possible thanks to the landing, thanks to the will of the Allied countries, and by the Russian people,” Hollande told reporters.

Last month, Russian officials reacted angrily when Prince Charles compared Putin to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in regards to Russia’s Ukraine policies.

For many Russians, any comparison to Hitler is considered insulting, a former UK ambassador to Russia told London’s Daily Mail.

But on Friday, Putin is expected to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Merkel in separate bilateral meetings.

Source: Agencies

4 Responses to Hollande to bridge Russia-Ukraine differences

  1. Victor Reply

    June 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Sad thing is Obozo = the Nazi’s and the fascists as they now control DC and the White House. I get dizzy just thinking how incestuous this is.

  2. bob D. Reply

    June 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    as i said before, Stalin won ww-2 by destroying the nazi military
    and by forcing hitler to kill his wife and his self, yet those
    who had lost ww-2 are always tooting their horn as if they were
    part of the winning of ww-2 but their contributions were nil,
    especially in terms of Russian Military killed—— then the
    usa-wise-guys held the idiot-neurenberg-trials with a bottom of the barrel:: usa-judge, which was a farce and achieved nothing but silly doings, because Stalin had already destroyed the nazi military thus those who op nazi military could do no more but
    yet were killed by this kangeroo court op by usa-wise-guys::
    who emphasized the brutal methods used by nazi-military and thus used the nazi ways to operate their new nazi down-blood thugs
    such as taliban, vn, n.kor, ww-3 etc etc etc, until now whoever is i.d. as a wise guy with bravado is not worth listening to because he is merely repeating what is recorded history, sad to say …………………

  3. bob D. Reply

    June 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    the brics other than USSR ought now today give Putin their application for membership in USSR so as to enlargen BRICS via
    hyper use of ussr trade block to make the bric members commercially strong thus able to become militarily strong in addition to the big brass balls of Russia Miliary, second to none, to elongate the powers of each member thus all who are
    active members of ussr trade block :: … thusly ussr as soon as brics show they are or will join should reverse all sanctions back onto those who issued sanctions so as to make world commerce thus world betterment an equal playing field where no nation, other than ussr and or brics, has any advantage, thus brics become an energy force second only to ussr per se, and thus boost the big brass balls of ussr by bric membership and use of ussr………………………….

  4. bob D. Reply

    June 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    this BRIC-POST ought convert, with blessings by Putin, to “the new pravda, the old bric post” and become the propoganda news
    by BRICs per se who then ought alway toot the horn of their big balls buddy Putin and his Russia and their ussr

    this then makes honest your bias which then becomes buyable and a face on the real doings of Brics and Putin etc as herein

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