Macron and Kremlin spar over outcome of meeting on Ukraine

Macron and Kremlin spar over outcome of meeting on Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and the Kremlin delivered contradictory statements Tuesday on the outcome of a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine. The two leaders met for more than five hours in Moscow on Monday to discuss the Ukraine crisis, triggered by Putin massing more than 100,000 troops near the country’s borders. … Read more

Macron vows ‘de-escalation’ but hints at concessions to Putin

Macron vows ‘de-escalation’ but hints at concessions to Putin

Press play to listen to this article PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is optimistic he can secure a de-escalation over Ukraine when he travels to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, but hinted that Western countries could have to make concessions to the Kremlin. His bullish prognosis of a diplomatic … Read more

Ukraine links arms with Turkey, Poland and UK as NATO membership remains distant

Ukraine links arms with Turkey, Poland and UK as NATO membership remains distant

Press play to listen to this article Bowing to the reality that Ukraine won’t join NATO anytime soon, Kyiv is putting in place a collection of smaller security pacts with regional military powers, including Turkey and Poland, as well as the UK, as it seeks help facing down Russia now and in years ahead. The … Read more

For Ukraine, less ‘imminent’ threat is still very real

For Ukraine, less ‘imminent’ threat is still very real

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is prepared to keep talking, and that he expects visits from European leaders to Moscow soon — after he gets back from the opening of the Winter Olympics on Friday in Beijing. The Biden administration is no longer saying an attack on Ukraine is “imminent.” But even as the … Read more

Britain calls out Russia in show of post-Brexit strength

Britain calls out Russia in show of post-Brexit strength

LONDON — With troops gathering on the Russian-Ukraine border, Britain senses an opportunity to demonstrate it can be more diplomatically nimble since Brexit. After leaving the EU, the UK has deployed its so-called Magnitsky sanctions — which allow the government to stop targets from entering the country, channeling cash through British banks or profiting from … Read more