“Total war caused [by the] Ukrainian conflict is absolutely unacceptable. And really there is no reason for it," he said.
Mission Improbable: Merkel visits Obama to sell the Ukraine peace plan ~ link ~
German Chancellor Merkel is visiting the US on Monday in what is viewed as a last-ditch attempt to secure a truce in Ukraine. Washington and Berlin, strategic allies in other areas, are at odds over US plans to supply arms to Kiev.
Merkel’s visit to the US is expected to be dominated by the Ukrainian crisis. The chancellor has made a string of visits to foreign countries in the past few days to advocate a new peace plan for Ukraine.
Last week, the German leader and French President Francois Hollande paid a surprise visit to Moscow to negotiate a diplomatic solution with President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian armed conflict. The effort was also endorsed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Hooded gunmen armed with AK-47s fire at police in Marseille where French PM is due to visit today ~ link ~ Sounds like a warning from dear old Bibi 666 Netanyahu and associates to the French Government over the Ukraine!!! Stirling
The powerful explosion took place at 10:50pm local time on Sunday. Local militia reported that a military chemical plant DKZHI was the target of Kiev’s artillery shelling.
Greek PM Tsipras: Troika bailout failed, we will not ask for extension ~ link ~
Greece's leftist PM, Alexis Tsipras, has announced that the EU and IMF bailout of the country’s debt has failed, and that Athens doesn’t plan to ask for an extension.
“The bailout failed,” Tsipras said in his first major speech to the Greek parliament as the country’s new prime minister on Sunday. “The new government is not justified in asking for an extension ... because it cannot ask for an extension of mistakes.”
However, he admitted the possibility that a transitional agreement with lenders could be negotiated by the end of February in order to to tide Greece over, in the hope that a new debt pact could be reached.