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Branson Wants Putin Meeting Amid Ukrainian Invasion Fear

Billionaire Richard Branson said he’s seeking an audience with President Vladimir Putin as business leaders call for a peaceful end to the conflict in Ukraine amid concern that Russia may invade its neighbor.

Branson was joined by 15 businesspeople -- including Canadian billionaire Jeff Skoll, Unilever NV’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman, Ukrainian tycoon Victor Pinchuk and Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov -- in urging governments to help resolve Ukraine’s crisis and avoid “the Cold War misery of the past,” according to a post on the Virgin Group owner’s blog.