Russian President Vladimir Putin will be holding a series of meetings with Western leaders focusing on Ukraine during his trip to Italy this week. The Europe-Asia summit in Milan offers Putin the first chance to discuss the Ukrainian crisis with Western leaders since his trip to France in June to attend the D-Day anniversary.
The U.S. and the European Union have imposed a series of economic sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. High-level contacts have been sharply curtailed amid the worst Russia-West crisis since the Cold War.
ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London to discuss.
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