Donbas Peace Talks 2.0
Donbas Peace Talks 2.0

Russia’s Objectives and Ukraine’s Limits

by Cristina Gherasimov, András Rácz | Ukraine, Bilateral Conflicts

On October 1, 2019, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy agreed to meet Russia’s conditions for holding peace talks already this autumn. Moscow’s readiness to play, however, should not be mistaken for willingness to solve the conflict. So far, the Kremlin has not made any concessions in Eastern Ukraine that would be irreversible; consequently, it seems to only be testing Zelenskiy’s limits. Both Zelenskiy and the EU need to be cautious not to reward easy-to-reverse steps with major, strategic benefits.

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ECB’s Easing Package Is a Call for European Fiscal Reform
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