Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Friday gave two hours of his time to "peace makers" Angela Merkel and François Hollande, who travelled to Moscow without any real peace plan. Then Putin´s press service announced that the dictator has more important things to do - to attend an "anniversary ice show" celebrating the one year anniversary of the most corrupted Winter Olympics ever:
According to European diplomats, Putin had suggested reviving the Minsk agreement but with different ceasefire lines that recognised the territorial gains made by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But that suggestion was rejected by Kiev.
The Russian president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the talks involved just the three leaders without delegations, aides or experts. Despite the late start, there seemed little chance of the talks going to a second day, as Putin’s press service announced he would spend Saturday in Sochi at an “anniversary ice show” celebrating one year since the start of the Winter Olympics. He said the three leaders would hold a four-way phone-call with Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko on Sunday to discuss the proposals.
As the day went on it became increasingly clear that Merkel and Hollande had come to Moscow without a comprehensive plan. Instead, they had a response to proposals Putin sent them in letters earlier in the week, in which he envisaged an expansion of territory under rebel control.
There seems to be no limits to the naivity of the German and French leaders.