Petro Poroshenko advices U.S. to think about “even tougher sectoral sanctions on Moscow”, and Europe – to impose sanctions on its own.
The Washington Post:
“It has always been my goal to bring together the parties and work out solutions for all Ukrainians regardless of geography, ethnicity or language,” Poroshenko says. To help achieve these solutions, the West should begin thinking about a larger response to what has happened, Poroshenko thinks. In addition to broader sanctions, my country needs “expedited deliveries of assistance to help us police our borders and unwind the insurgency with minimal violence,” Poroshenko writes. Even as we address the immediate threat to our country, Ukraine must attend to other pressing needs. “Ukraine can use U.S. leadership and assistance in our efforts to curtail corruption, revive our financial institutions, reform our energy policy and liberalize our agricultural sector.” “Additionally, we need U.S. natural gas to shore up our energy supplies so that we cannot be blackmailed by Moscow,” he writes in the article. Now is the time for the international community to stand with Ukraine. “Working together, we will not allow Moscow to stand in the way of creating a new open, united and prosperous Ukraine,” Poroshenko sums up.
Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, agreed last week to requests from the Ukrainian authorities for urgent help in bolstering the country’s security services.
“The EU has parachuted a team of security advisers into Kiev to assist the Ukrainian government in imposing the rule of law in rebel districts, in a provocative move likely to further inflame relations with Moscow.”
Pentagon plan would help Ukraine target rebel missiles.
The New York Times:
«But the proposal has not yet been debated in the White House, a senior administration official said,” journalists David E.Sanger and Eric Schmitt add. Already, the question of what kind of intelligence support to give the Ukrainian government has become part of a larger debate within the administration. Plans to share more precise targeting information with Ukraine have the strong backing of senior Pentagon officials “and would fit broadly into Mr. Obama’s emerging national security doctrine of supporting allied and partner nations in defending their territory without direct American military involvement,” journalists write.
The policy of the EU and its allies ought to be one of understanding Russian pride and of giving Mr Putin the space to pull back with dignity from a Ukrainian civil war in which he has nothing to gain.
Steinmeier: “We take seriously the economy’s concerns “.
Germany minister of foreign affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier when we consider our political cooperation with Russia, “political situation plays a big role, but economic situation is what defines our policy for 100%,” Steinmeier told Der Spiegel newspaper. He doesn’t deny the U.S. is imposing tougher sanctions compare to the EU.