Merkel says ‘weapons won’t help’ resolve eastern Ukraine crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel has reiterated Germany’s position against arming government forces in the Ukraine conflict. She also said she was uncertain of the chances of success for a new German-French peace initiative.

Chancellor Merkel told the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Germany remained convinced that sending weapons to the Ukraine forces fighting against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine would not contribute to a resolution of the crisis there.

“The problem is that I cannot imagine any situation in which improved equipment for the Ukrainian army leads to President Putin being so impressed that he believes he will lose militarily,” she said. “I have to put it that bluntly.”

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“This is why we have decided to focus our efforts on seeking a diplomatic solution,” she added. Just hours ahead of her speech in Munich, she had returned from Moscow, where she and French President Francois Hollande had presented a new peace initiative for eastern Ukraine to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Merkel had spoken with Putin just hours earlier
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Source News: DW