Putin, Merkel and Hollande: Trilateral Meeting at G20 Cancelled

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Putin, Merkel and Hollande: Trilateral Meeting at G20 Cancelled

Edited by Desi Tzoneva

On 4 September 2016 at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is going to meet his French colleague, François Hollande. There will be a similar meeting held with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the following day. There will therefore be no trilateral meeting between the three heads of state as previously planned. Russian Presidential Aide, Yury Ushakov, has explained that the three leaders have decided to conduct two separate bilateral meetings due to their demanding schedules. The subject of both meetings will be the Ukraine.

Ushakov also added that the meetings would not be held in the Normandy format. Although the Ukraine is not a part of the G20, Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, has nevertheless tried to use the Summit in Hangzhou to arrange for one more Normandy-format meeting.

Putin has rejected any meeting with Poroshenko after the attempted terrorist attack in Crimea. It also appears that both France and Germany consider the current political course of the Ukrainian regime, if not particularly terrorist, at least inadequate. Paris and Berlin’s views on the Ukraine, however, are far from similar.

It also appears that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will either cancel or shift its next transaction for the Ukraine as Kiev has failed to perform its obligations to its creditors. The Ukrainian national currency, the hryvnia (UAH), continues to lose value. One US dollar now equals 26 hryvnias, whereas three years ago, the Ukrainian currency was four times stronger. At the same time, there has been no change in the levels of salaries or pensions in the Ukraine.

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  • Sergey Tokarev

    Putin should firmly push Ukraine towards EU. EU must assume responsibility for the mess they created. It would be nice if EU partially financed relocation of Ukrainian citizens which Russia is ready to accept. (Yawn)

    • Romanivna

      The open source investigative outlet Bellingcat has
      published a report on medals issued by the Russian military for troops’
      service in Ukraine, offering a hint at the scale of Moscow’s covert footprint
      in the country’s separatist regions. Using imagery of medals published
      by Russian servicemen on social media and elsewhere, the sequential
      numbers on the medals, and the dates awarded, researchers concluded that
      at least ten thousand Russian troops participated in operations in
      Ukraine from 2014 through 2015 and likely many more.

      • Sergey Tokarev

        Eliot Higgins is a jerk, not an ‘open source investigative outlet’. Nobody awards soldiers with Suvorov or Kutuzov medals – those medals exist for top commanders. Before spreading such ridiculous hypes, Eliot has to do his homework. Regards. (Yawn)

        • Romanivna

          why you yawn?

          • Sergey Tokarev

            I yawn because I am gopnik. I have to show off.

      • Sergey Tokarev

        Given that you are Ukrainian supporter of Kiev regime, and that you follow me on Disqus – apparently trying to understand, let me give you a link to a really good article about Ukraine. You will be surprised, because truth is off-limits in Ukraine. However this article is really good. There is a little of bullsh*t about ‘Russian aggression’, the rest is good: http://gazeta.zn.ua/internal/o-buduschem-strany-bez-buduschego-_.html

        • Romanivna

          russian language foreign to me