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New Russian Management of the Donbas Signifies Putin May Be Ready to Negotiate


On December 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed one of his close, trusted aides, Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, which concluded the two Minsk agreements on the Donbas in September 2014 and February 2015. This appointment suggests an important change in Russia’s policy toward Ukraine. Gryzlov is a heavyweight in Putin’s inner circle, a permanent member of its security council, former minister of interior, speaker of the State Duma, and a colleague of the President’s from his St. Petersburg KGB days.Gryzlov replaces lightweight ambassador Azamat Kul’mukhametov, who has held that post since April. His …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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