Cameron ‘an irrelevance’ on Ukraine

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Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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David Cameron is facing accusations that he has become a “diplomatic irrelevance” as France and Germany spearheaded a new drive to broker a deal to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

French president Francois Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow today to discuss a peace plan aimed at ending the fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels.

The move has sparked fears of a division within the western alliance – with Britain and the United States apparently sidelined by the Franco-German initiative.

Britain’s former top Nato commander General Sir Richard Shirreff said the UK should be playing a major role in the efforts to resolve the crisis amid fears that it could lead to an all-out European war.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This is the most serious crisis to have faced Europe, arguably, since the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. There is a threat of total war.

“The UK is a major Nato member, it is a major EU member, it is a member of the UN Security Council, and it is unfortunate that the weight that the British Prime Minister could bring to efforts to resolve this crisis appear to be absent.”

Earlier, he told The Times: “He is clearly a bit player. Nobody is taking any notice of him … He is now a foreign policy irrelevance.”

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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