SHUTTLE DIPLOMACY ON UKRAINE BRINGS MERKEL TO OTTAWA

Feb 09, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Ottawa briefly this evening to give Prime Minister Stephen Harper an update on her efforts to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Harper Merkel

Merkel was in Washington this morning for a previously scheduled meeting with President Obama, amid reports of a rift between the U.S. and Europe over whether to arm Ukraine’s army.

The president said Russian aggression has reinforced the unity of the U.S. and its partners.

Merkel went to Moscow last Friday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid reports Washington’s considering arming the Ukrainian forces, which France and Germany oppose.

Merkel, Putin, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone Sunday.

They’re attempting to hold a summit Wednesday in the Belarus capital of Minsk.

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