A Normandy Summit of Ulterior Motives
Photo credit: Kelsey Glover, GMF
At shortest-possible notice, the leaders of Ukraine and Russia, France and Germany meet in Berlin this Wednesday (19 October) to discuss the war in Eastern Ukraine.
This gathering in the so-called Normandy format, at summit level and announced only a day ago, suggests great urgency.
However, there has been neither a major escalation in the protracted standoff between Moscow-sponsored separatists and the government in Kiev, nor have there been signs of a serious breakthrough for the better.
Moreover, participants themselves have dampened hopes for success. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said to “have no heightened expectations”.
This was echoed by German chancellor Angela Merkel’s warning that “one should not expect miracles” from this meeting.