On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s President Francoise Hollande, Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to try to thrash out the fate of Ukraine.
U.S. President Barack Obama made it clear how he saw the meeting. “We are in absolute agreement that the 21st century cannot have us stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe to be redrawn with the barrel of a gun,” he said in a press conference in Washington on Monday.
Ukraine’s sovereignty, his words implied, was not up for negotiation. The country must be whole, intact and independent, at any cost.