Samir Tata argues that Berlin should try and ensure that the country 1) retains its territorial integrity, 2) adapts a dual economic system, much like Hong Kong and China, 3) adopts a federal governmental structure similar to the US model, and more.
Poland says its plan to build watchtowers on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is not linked to the Ukraine crisis.
His forces, including regular Russian army troops, then assaulted the city in brazen violation of a cease-fire.
The comments, by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, were his toughest yet on Russia and came after he rejected a suggestion that Britain had become an "irrelevance" because it wasn't directly involved in talks with Putin to end the Ukraine crisis.
Joe Biden: Ukraine is battling for its “very survival” in the face of escalating Russian involvementFriday, 06 February 2015 16:45
Biden made the comments on February 6 as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande pressed forward with a new peace plan to end the Ukraine crisis.
A column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks has crossed into eastern Ukraine from RussiaMonday, 10 November 2014 05:41
“The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the frontlines,” spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing referring to Thursday’s cross-border incursion.
The war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow.
Putin and EU leaders have said their talks on the Ukraine Crisis - also including Ukraine's PresidentFriday, 17 October 2014 12:07
The UK, German, French and Italian leaders were expected to press Vladimir Putin to do more to end the fighting.
Correspondents say that while there was no sign of breakthrough, the main thing was to create trust between the sides.