At a meeting in Washington in early December, a high-level Indian delegation warned members of Barack Obama's transition team that New Delhi may pre-emptively make Richard Holbrooke persona non grata if his duties as special envoy for South Asia were to include India or Kashmir, according to a US magazine. State Department spokesman Robert Wood, meanwhile, reiterated Holbrooke's mandate did not include India or Kashmir.
US President Donald J. Trump is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Buenos Aires later this week. Is that a good idea in light of Russia’s latest aggression toward Ukraine and the somewhat stymied success of past meetings between the two leaders? In an interview with The Washington Post , Trump left open the possibility that he might, after all, cancel the meeting over the incident in the Kerch Strait. “Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” he said.