Vice President Biden will meet with President Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine as reports surface that Russian tanks are rolling across the border and fears are rising that a new rebel offensive is underway, further threatening a fragile ceasefire deal reached in Minsk in September.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.“There is a lot of indication that suggests to me that Russia is not interested in promoting a solution based on Minsk, but it is interested in a frozen conflict,"
The senior fellow at Brookings Institution points to Russia's refusal to withdraw troops and equipment, its opposition to European (OSCE or Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) monitors along the Ukrainian-Russian border, and Moscow's support for rebel-organized elections in eastern Ukraine that were widely criticized by the West.
“Unfortunately we see no real interest on the part of Russians in moving to a peaceful settlement. And so what that means for the West is that the West has to continue to apply economic sanctions. There is lots of evidence that the sanctions are having a significant economic impact."
“不幸的是我们没有看到俄罗斯人在推动这一和平解决进程方面表现出真正的兴趣 。因此西方将继续采取经济制裁 。而且大量的证据表明这种制裁已经对经济造成重大的影响 。”
Biden will tackle another seemingly long-term conflict, the battle against Islamic State militants, when he travels to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
This is their first meeting since the vice president alleged in a speech last month that Ankara helped facilitate the rise of the extremist group by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria from Turkey. The comments outraged Turkey's president.
这是两人的第一次碰面，副总统在上月的一次讲话中宣称安卡拉通过允许外国战士从土耳其进入叙利亚帮助促进极端组织的兴起 。此番言论惹怒了土耳其总统 。
It is also their first meeting since the U.S. dropped weapons and other aid to Kurdish fighters in Syria.
Bulent Aliriza with the Center for Strategic and International Studies says a key sticking point is Turkey's call for the immediate ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Until the Western allies including Turkey commit to an active program to ensure his ouster, these problems will continue.Now,the Washington approach is, Yes,we are committed to a Syria without President Assad, but we have to focus on the IS at the moment.”
“直到包括土耳其在内的西方盟国承诺履行一项以确保他下台的积极举措,否则这些问题还会一直摆在那里 。目前华盛顿的做法是,是的,我们致力于一个没有阿萨德总统的叙利亚,但此时此刻我们必须专注于IS 。”
While the differences may center around the fight against the Islamic State, Biden may also address a recent incident in which three American sailors were attacked by members of an ultra-nationalist Turkish group on an Istanbul street.
Analysts say though relations between the two allies are strained, they have overcome difficulties like this in the past. In 2003, Turkey refused to allow U.S. troops to use the country as a base due to Ankara's opposition to the Iraq war.
分析师表示尽管两个联盟间关系依旧紧张,他们在过去也曾跨过这样的障碍 。2003年,土耳其因为安卡拉反对伊拉克战争的原因拒绝美国军队使用这个国家作为基地 。
1.ceasefire deal 停火协议
That action comes after Russia's president signed a ceasefire deal earlier today.
Russian forces are pulling back from a town near Georgia's capital. That action comes after Russia's president signed a ceasefire deal earlier today.
2.point to 指向；表明
He pointed to the house on the corner and said, “That's where I live. ”
他指着拐角处的房子说：“我就住在那里 。 ”
When asked to explain where all the money had gone,father pointed to the rising prices.
3.economic sanction 经济制裁
The UN imposed economic sanction on the country for it violated the internationalagreement.
这个国家违反了国际协议， 所以联合国对它进行经济制裁 。
My guess is that we are going to continue to press for some type of economicsanction as a beginner.
4.sticking point 症结;关键；阻塞点
The liaison between software development teams and management has alwaysbeen a sticking point in IT.
软件开发团队和管理层之间的联系始终是 IT 中的一个关键所在 。