Is Putin Ready to Cut His Losses and Retreat from East Ukraine?

2017/11/5 22:55:19

The current strategy “will only succeed if the United States remains strong, united with our allies, and uncompromising in our principles. That means refusing to recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and insisting on its return to Ukraine, however long it takes,” says Alexander Vershbow, formerly U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commentary by Alexander Vershbow* as published by Newsweek:

 

This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.

 

The recent US debate about Russia has focused mainly on Moscow’s disinformation,

propaganda, and interference in our elections.

 

But Russia’s aggression against Ukraine remains the original sin and the biggest threat. It’s not just Ukraine’s survival as an independent, democratic state that is on the line, but the future of an international order based on the rule of law rather than the law of the jungle.

 

That’s why it’s good news that, despite fears that President Donald Trump might throw Ukraine under the bus for the sake of a reset with Moscow, the administration has taken a clear position that better relations with Russia are impossible without a resolution of the Ukraine crisis.

 

Administration officials have developed a reasonably coherent strategy aimed at achieving a diplomatic solution, and they have appointed a capable diplomat, Kurt Volker, to carry it out.

 

This strategy will only succeed if the United States remains strong, united with our allies, and uncompromising in our principles. That means refusing to recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and insisting on its return to Ukraine, however long it takes.

 

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