German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urgently flew to the talks in Kiev and then to Moscow to try to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin before strengthening of sanctions and toughening of stand on the conflict in Ukraine. This was discussed by the journalist Vitaly Portnikov in the commentary to "GORDON" .
"Western politicians can offer Putin a plan of pacification. He will not likely accept it. But it will prove that the EU representatives have made every effort. The EU needs proofs that there is no compromise plans or proposals so that they could continue further discussion of arms supplies and strengthening of sanctions " - said Portnikov.
"Today Merkel and Hollande can visit Putin and suffer defeat. Tomorrow – someone else. The idea that
"I think Merkel and Hollande understand this very well. They just give Putin a chance to change his mind. And every such a chance helps to create a more efficient, extended and rigid anti-Russian coalition in the world" - said Portnikov.
He also noted that Western leaders are really interested in the peace and are willing to compromise with
"Another motivation of Western leaders is that they really want the peace in Europe and are looking for a compromise with
"In my opinion, the main goal of the Russian political leadership since the collapse of the
According to Portnikov we can finalize the conflict in
"Voyage of Merkel and Öland is likely to end in nothing. All the proposed methods are half. There is no other way but the collapse of the political regime and the reformatting of the Russian state in the new non- chauvinistic basics" – Portnikov summed.