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EU plays "Good Cop" with Russia over Ukraine deal

Previously published on New Eastern Outlook (17/2/15), Land Destroyer (18/2/15). See also: About Ukraine.

Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - US President Barack Obama previously commented on the Ukrainian conflict, claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin was speeding past all the "off ramps" offered by the US and its NATO military alliance to end the violence. And just as it appeared the US and the rest of NATO were about to take their own advice and use the Minsk accord as their own face-saving "off ramp," they've decided to put the pedal to the metal instead.