WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Seven weeks in, just where does the world stand with the conflict in Ukraine? And what hope if any is there now for peace? Peace talks are continuing, but, it seems, without much real momentum.
And as the accusations from the West of war crimes in the region only seem to intensify, the Kremlin continues to insist it's committed to easing tension in the region.
So is it possible we may be close to an endgame? And what exactly might that look like?
Here Stephen Cole speaks to Russian Federation Senator Konstantin Kosachev in Moscow to get a Russian take on just where we stand.
MEET THE EXPERT
Konstantin Kosachev is a politician and diplomat. He is a Senator at Russia’s Federation Council (the Upper House of the Russian Parliament) and chairs its Foreign Affairs Committee.
Formerly, he worked as an interpreter/translator and diplomat in various Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ institutions in the USSR and Russia, including serving as first secretary of the Russian embassy in Sweden. In 1999, he was elected a member of the State Duma.
From 2003 to 2011, Kosachev was Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. From 2012 to 2014, was Head of the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Expatriates, and International Humanitarian Cooperation.
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