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Bryan MacDonald
Russia's (known to have good Kremlin sources) reports Paris negotiations on peace in Eastern Ukraine have failed to reach an agreement. Moscow claims it's because Kiev can't agree to withdraw its military from front lines.
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Bryan MacDonald Dec 9
Replying to @kommersant
Putin says he had a "good, businesslike" private meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky. The leaders are now having dinner with Emmanuel Macron & Angela Merkel. With a press briefing to follow
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Bryan MacDonald Dec 9
Replying to @kommersant
Kommersant adds that Ukraine and Russia have agreed on gas transit. If so, that would be a major win for Zelensky and give him something tangible to take back to Kiev.
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Bryan MacDonald Dec 9
Replying to @kommersant
Ukrainian media seems to confirm that no deal has been reached on Eastern Ukraine, but says the sticking point is about whether elections or the handover of the border to Kiev's control should happen first.
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Bryan MacDonald Dec 9
Replying to @kommersant
And the head of Kiev's Naftogaz says reports that a gas deal has been reached are wrong.
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Bryan MacDonald Dec 9
Replying to @kommersant
Here’s the joint communique from Paris. Notable that there is no mention of Crimea. Make it that what you will.
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