Re President Trump’s decision to meet with Russian president Putin on July 16: This does not bode well for Ukraine nor the U.S. promise to support it against Russia’s aggression.
Under the guise of promoting better relations, Trump is actually aiding Russia in its quest for stature, never mind the sanctions or that Trump’s 2016 election campaign is under scrutiny for Russian involvement. Trump owes Putin. The signs are there.
Sanctions against Russia are being watered down. The strategy to tighten the stranglehold on Putin’s plan to take over Ukraine is changing. Missiles are given to Ukraine, but are under strict restrictions and fewer in number, while Russia’s war in East Ukraine rages on.
The missiles were to be given to Ukraine without cost, but then Ukraine was asked to pay for them. The missiles cannot be placed on the battlefront, but a long distance away from where they are needed.
In 2017, Congress approved a law against countries that are enemies of the United States, i.e. Russia, North Korea and Iran. This law underscored strong sanctions. Trump signed the law with his notation that this was “unconstitutional.”
Trump is not interested in tightening sanctions against Russia, which will ask Trump to allow it to keep Crimea with the promise that it will get out of the war in East Ukraine. Putin will ask for the U.S. to pressure Ukraine against entering NATO.
Also, Putin wants the U.S. to step back from its commitment to push against the building of the Nord Nordstream pipeline, which is actually detrimental to U.S. liquified natural gas exports to Europe.
Instead of warming to Putin’s dangerous game, Trump should continue with a stronger embargo on Russian oil, remove banking privileges, and disallow Americans to purchase Russian bonds.
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