Putin Plays Peacemaker, But His Act Is Getting Old
By Paul Gregory (Hoover Institution and University of Houston)
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, released his fourteen-point peace plan on Saturday, June 21. In his address to the nation, Poroshenko did not mention Russia until the very end, when he stated that “President of Russia Vladimir Putin also positively evaluated the decision of Ukraine to cease fire and supported concrete steps of my peaceful plan on the settlement of the situation in Donbas.”
Poroshenko’s peace plan set off a predictable flurry of diplomatic activity, culminating in a three-way phone call between Putin, Angela Merkel, and Francois Hollande on June 22, in which the two European leaders urged their Russian counterpart to facilitate negotiations. The Ukraine peace plan and Putin’s response to it will be a main agenda item in this week’s meetings of NATO foreign ministers and European leaders in Luxembourg and Brussels.