No, Obama and Merkel Are Not Doing a “Good Cop/Bad Cop” Routine on Putin

February 9, 2015 10:21 PM

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No, Obama and Merkel Are Not Doing a “Good Cop/Bad Cop” Routine on Putin

At a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today, President Obama was asked if the two leaders were performing a “good cop/bad cop” routine on the question of whether to provide weapons to Ukraine.

A number of commentators, including me, have used the term to describe Merkel and Obama’s approach—the U.S. president says he’s open to supplying the Ukrainian military with weapons to counter the Russian-backed separatists while Merkel, who’s been leading the latest effort to secure a new ceasefire...

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