Source: Le Figaro, March 25, in EuroTopics
In an interesting signal, Moscow has replied tit for tat to the visa ban and asset freeze decreed by Washington, but has not responded to the same moves on Brussels’ part. The barrage of crisis summits has also overshadowed two timid conciliatory gestures by Russia of the sort desired by Europe: its agreement to allowing OSCE observers into Ukraine, and direct contacts between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart in The Hague.
International mediation or peaceful dialogue between Russia and Ukraine are still a long way off, and for the West it’s certainly too early to start talking with Vladimir Putin. But the crisis he masterminded may well have passed its critical phase.