FPI Board Statement on Russia’s Military Intervention in Ukraine

March 1, 2014


Media Contact:
FPI Director of External Affairs Kali McNutt
202-559-7397 or kmcnutt@foreignpolicyi.org

Washington, D.C.—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:

  • Demanding that President Putin immediately withdraw all regular and irregular Russian forces outside the Sevastopol naval base from Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and back to Russian territory.
  • Immediately dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to Kyiv to show solidarity and consult with Ukraine’s transitional government, and urging our allies in the European Union and NATO to do the same.
  • Convening an emergency meeting of NATO Member States to forge the diplomatic, political, economic, and security dimensions of a strong and unified transatlantic response.
  • Suspending, for the time being, any bilateral discussions with the Putin government that are unrelated to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
  • Using the Magnitsky Act and other relevant legal authorities to impose financial sanctions that target the ill-gotten wealth of senior Russia officials involved in Russia’s military intervention.
  • Raising with NATO Member States the option of revising voluntary prohibitions in the NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997 that abjured forward deployment of NATO forces in the former Warsaw Pact countries because Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine now demonstrates that the ‘current and foreseeable security environment’ has changed.

“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.”

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