As the situation in Ukraine escalates the immediate focus is on the Geneva talks among Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU to find a political solution. Chances of a diplomatic breakthrough are slim, if only because Moscow seems determined to get its way in Ukraine. Its overriding aim is to prevent Kiev from aligning with Europe and the west. It may well succeed in the short term. But in the longer term, Vladimir Putin is bound to fail. Read more
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