The Ukraine crisis and the Middle East

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Developments in Ukraine and Crimea have so far had no direct impact on the Middle East. Comment has been limited, mainly criticism of Moscow or Washington, more or less on cold war lines. There is recognition that if the crisis continues and sanctions increase, with Russia excluded from the G8 and possible cancellation of an EU-Russian summit planned for June, there could be a serious impact on those negotiations in which Russia has an inescapable role as a permanent member of the Security Concil, …