Merkel don't play.
Today marks the first day of the two-day ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting), held in Milan and gathering leaders from 53 countries that represent approximately 60% of the world. Vladimir Putin has been deeply Putinesque in his ASEM appearances so far, responding to harsh criticism over Russia's involvement in the violent conflict in Ukraine by saying things like, "We hope that our partners will realize the futility of attempts to blackmail Russia and remember what consequences discord between major powers could bring for strategic stability," and generally stonewalling against criticisms of Russia's lack of commitment to fully implementing the ceasefire called last month, as the Los Angeles Times reports.
Earlier today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out against Putin: "It is above all Russia's task to say clearly that the Minsk plan is really respected." The two leaders were supposed to meet at 6 pm; Putin was late; Merkel swiftly cancelled, and, according to The Journal.ie, "would not say whether or not they would reschedule."
Putin, you know better.
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