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Josh Rogin

U.S.-Germany Rift on Ukraine Aids Putin

A Western divide plays into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the pro-Russian separatists inside Ukraine.
Looking for a deal.

Looking for a deal.

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Some European leaders are pushing back hard on Washington’s potential plan to send weaponry and other military goods directly to the Ukrainian military. This rift --- over an initiative President Barack Obama has not even committed to -- only benefits Russian President Vladimir Putin and the pro-Russian separatists inside Ukraine.

The debate is playing out urgently here at the Munich Security Conference, where almost all the officials attending (not counting the Russians) can at least agree that the situation is deteriorating rapidly and that the West must act. But that’s where the agreement ends.