Foreign Policy Initiative Board Members Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, William Kristol, and Dan Senor issued today the following statement about Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has violated Ukrainian sovereignty, sending thousands of Russian troops into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Last Friday, President Barack Obama warned the Russian government that he ‘will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.’ The United States must now lead the world to impose costs on Putin and to ensure that his bullying fails.
“U.S. objectives should be to deter any further Russian military intervention into Ukraine, to restore Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty, to reassure America’s allies in Europe, to strengthen NATO’s deterrence posture in Europe, and to impose costs on the Putin government. Specific steps could include:
“It is critical that the United States and the international community make clear to President Putin that his military intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable, and will isolate the Russian government diplomatically, politically and economically. Failure to do so will only reward President Putin’s indefensible and dangerous actions, and could embolden him to take further actions towards Ukraine and its neighbors.”