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March 09, 2022


Brigitte Nacos

Biden and Putin are on different planets; former Kanzler Schroeder's visit with Putin is a joke. I think that a European leader--or former leader like Merkel--has to make another effort.
But it looks as if no one can change Putin's mind.

Kevin K

Yes, she knows Putin well. There is a photo op of her shaking his hand in 2017 - post Crimean invasion. She certainly has the mettle to reach Putin, though, reports say that he has changed in ther last two years. He is consumed with his legacy that is a renewal of the FSU. Europe has returned to realpolitik; the U.S. never left. A strong leader is needed to manage the Russia file through diplomacy. Xi is not the one. Merkel is not. Tsai Ing-wen could be...though, she is facing a belligerent PLA. So, Mr. Biden is up to the challenge?

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