The United States has been urging the expansion of NATO closer to the Russian border despite the fact that the Cold War ended a long time ago. This has made Vladimir Putin suspicious. He needs the Ukraine just like the United States needs Puerto Rico and Guantánamo. Politicians from both parties should be more friendly to Russia, so we can have its help on Iran, Syria, North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Our foreign affairs officials should have negotiated a European alliance regarding Russian sanctions in advance instead of letting it be known publicly that there is a divide, as reported in the March 5 article U.S., Europe split over Russian sanctions. The European Union hasn’t fully recovered from its financial troubles and the U.S. billion-dollar loan guarantee can do more good here at home. We should leave bailing out the Ukraine to the Russians.
Judith S. Berson, Miami Beach