epaselect epa04241887 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) in Deauville, Normandy, France, 06 June 2014. Merkel met with Putin for bilateral talks before the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day landing of Allied forces in France. D-Day marked the beginning of the advance into Europe which led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER Hours after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in a field in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people and igniting a geopolitical crisis, Angela Merkel reacted to the news with the same quality that has characterised much of her political life: caution. It was “too early” to discuss new sanctions against Moscow, the German chancellor said, even as claims were already surfacing that Russia-backed separatists had shot down the plane. More On this story On this topic IN Europe “These events have once again shown us that what […]