Kremlin is top destination for spooked European leaders


February 6, 2022

PARIS (AP) — Rarely in recent years has the Kremlin been so popular with European visitors.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives Monday. The Hungarian prime minister visited last week. And in days to come, the German chancellor will be there, too.

All are hoping to get through to President Vladimir Putin, the man who singlehandedly shapes Russia's course amid its military buildup near Ukraine and whose designs are a mystery even for his own narrow inner circle.

"The priority for me on the Ukrainian question is dialogue with Russia and de-escalation," Macron said this week as reporte...

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