EMERGENCY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR U.S. ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE December 31, 2021
The United States has agreed to January bilateral and multilateral talks with Russia about the crisis Russia has created.
Washington’s negotiating posture is critical. There is much the United States can and needs to do before those talks – ideally in concert with its European allies.
For well over a decade, Moscow has been pursuing a revisionist foreign policy that directly challenges US interests in Europe and around the world.
Ground zero in Moscow’s efforts to overturn the international order that emerged at the end of the Cold War is Ukraine, where it has been waging war for nearly eight years.
If the Kremlin succeeds in Ukraine, it will be in a stronger position to undermine NATO and the EU.
This is the relevant background for looking at the recent Russian military build-up near and along Ukraine’s borders.
Putin is taking necessary steps to launch a major new offensive against Ukraine because his current hybrid war is not succeeding.
We must take immediate, strong action to deter Moscow from launching that offensive.
This is the smart way to protect our critical interests in Europe. The time to act is now.
Below we present recommendations including actions that can be taken immediately that will put the United States and the West at the table with a far stronger negotiating position, one backed by action.
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