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Diplomacy in action

by on April 4, 2014

Obama informed the US broadcaster CBS earlier there was clear evidence of a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border.
Obama said the Russian military buildup “may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine or it may be that they have got additional plans.”
US President Barack Obama recieved a call from rushias president, Vladimir Putin on Friday to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic end to the Ukraine crisis. The White House said in a statement Putin phoned Obama following a proposal presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by US Secretary of State John Kerry in The Hague earlier this week.
The most pressing issue is that this might signal iran and Syria that it’s ok to defy western powers.
Syria and iran that its ok to defy western powers
“President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.The details of the US proposal were not disclosed, but the White House statement said Obama had reiterated his determination to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis. “President Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the statement said.
“So long as we remain united, the Russian people will recognize that they cannot achieve the security, prosperity and the status that they seek through brute force,” he insisted. (obama) (global post)
Obama ruled out a military response if Russia launches further attacks on Ukraine, which is not a NATO member. Instead he said the US and Europe would respond with stinging economic sanctions and insisted that the allies were united on that.
Germany, Britain and France have major economic concerns even though their leaders have taken a more hawkish line as Russian President Vladimir Putin has cranked up military pressure on Ukraine.Obama and EU leaders said their energy ministers would be meeting next week to discuss weakening Moscow’s economic influence over Europe. Among the topics will be relaxing restrictions on American gas exports to reduce reliance on Russian fuel sales.

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4 Comments
  1. jonssonigul permalink

    Its interesting to see how Vladimir Putin still is using his hard power and how the West cant do anything about it.

  2. A good overview of the current situation has been provided and shows how punitively Russia is able to act with less than adequate responses from western leaders including the entire EU and the US. I think a greater emphasis should have been placed on the great reliance much of Europe has on Russian oil and gas. There is no doubt that this element will shape any response from individual countries involved in multilateral diplomacy. It also highlights the flaws within this type of diplomacy where internal vying and interests diminish collective intentions.
    Furthermore, the blog also highlights the wider geo political ramifications of the situation that no one is willing to implement international law. This must embolden would be dictators eyeing neighbouring territories who think they can get away with anything.

  3. This is an unsatisfactory blog entry for a number of reasons:

    – it is largely copied from news websites (such as http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/28/putin-calls-obama-to-discuss-diplomatic-solution-to-ukraine-crisis/), without any indication that it is not your own work;

    – it does not address any of the themes of the module;

    – it is far too short.

    I would strongly advise you not to include this entry in your portfolio.

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