To reach Ukraine accord: high diplomacy, 'dirty games' and pig's fat

February 13, 2015 3:35 PM

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To reach Ukraine accord: high diplomacy, 'dirty games' and pig's fat

MINSK (Reuters) - The talks lasted more than 17 hours, during which a couple of "buckets" of coffee were drunk, and took place in what Ukraine's foreign minister, with some understatement, described as a "difficult psychological atmosphere".

The 'family photograph' of participants at the start of the four-power marathon in the Belarussian capital Minsk told much of the story in advance: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko stood at one end of the line-up - with the leaders of Germany and France keeping him well apart from Russia's Vladi...

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