In Moscow's Shadows 56: Jaw-Jaw so Far, not War-War (brief thoughts on the state of play)
After the Blinken-Lavrov talks, a brief one-segment podcast with a few thoughts on the current state of the dialogue, the risks of conflict, and the chances that Moscow will formally recognise the Donbas and Lugansk 'Peoples' Republics.'
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