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    Putin’s Absence in Berlin Trilateral Meeting is Europe’s Mistake - Media

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    The leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine will meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss possible ways to resolve the Ukrainian military conflict.

    Russia was not invited to take part in the meeting, what is considered by a number of European media and politicians a huge mistake.

    For instance, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel wrote the crisis cannot be overcome without participation of all relevant actors.

    According to the newspaper, it remains a mystery why the fourth important partner in the talks – Russia — has not been invited to the meeting in Berlin. Presumably, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not take part in the negotiations at the request of the Ukrainian president who plans to gain more support from the European leaders.

    Former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher recently expressed surprise at how the West is treating Russia. He stressed that Russia has always been playing a major role on the international arena and that without its participation the conflict cannot be resolved.

    In November 2015, Europe will hold celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Charter of Paris. The document was adopted in 1990, putting an end to the division of Europe.

    According to Genscher, the anniversary celebration will have the participation of all member countries, including Russia and would be a good opportunity to restore constructive dialogue and achieve progress in the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.

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