With the Russian invasion of the eastern Ukraine by special forces and mercenaries under their control, the U.S., THE EU and other civilized countries urgently need to impose “Stage Three” sanction sagainst Russia now, if the war in the East is to be halted.
French President Francois Hollande’s invitation of Vladimir Putin to visit Paris could be a nod to the right wing forces of Marine Le Pen, following their strong showing in the European Parliament elections on May 25. Hollande’s invitation, whatever his rationale, may be misguided. “Business as usual” with Putin should be unthinkable so long as his forces continue their violence and aggressionbin the eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian crisis is not over. To avoid civil war in the Eastern parts of the country, the West must push back hard, now, with Stage Three sectoral sanctions.
The Trenchant Observer