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Newsline: Diplomacy seems to have failed with Russia

Over the past couple of months, President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken multiple times. Late Sunday night Biden agreed “in principle” to a summit with the Russian leader, before diplomatic negotiations broke down after Russian troops moved into separatist territories in Eastern Ukraine and the United States imposed sanctions. Then early Thursday Putin launched military action in multiple Ukrainian cities, which Biden labeled an “unprovoked and unjustified” attack. These developments would seem to dash hopes for diplomacy. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/02/24/talks-with-putin-probably-wont-prevent-an-invasion-biden-might-try-anyway/) But diplomacy may yet be the only option for minimizing bloodshed and preventing the installation of a pro-Russian government in Ukraine. And a meeting with Putin would be an incredibly high-risk, high-reward gamble for Biden now that Russian troops are on Ukrainian soil. Yet. Biden has great faith in the power of personal diplomacy. He believes it can build relationships and lead to greater understanding, allowing two leaders to tackle thorny problems constructively. In doing so, he is following the standard presidential playbook.

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