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Tidligere NATO-ambassadør Ivo Daalder advarerer mot å ta Vladimir Putin på hans ord og tro at krisen er ved å gli over.

Others cautioned against reading too much into Mr. Putin’s statements. “It would be a mistake on our part to look at what he’s saying and think this crisis is almost over: ‘O.K., we’ve lost Crimea, but the rest of the country is with us,’ ” said Ivo Daalder, Mr. Obama’s first ambassador to NATO and now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

He said Crimea would become a precedent: “Crimea is a big deal. It means a country can be invaded, and a big piece of it can be taken away with no price. But two, this isn’t just about Crimea. This is about who is ultimately in control of Ukraine.”

Obama har fullmakter til å iverksette de sanksjoner som trengs for å svartliste russiske banker, men spørsmålet er om han tør å presse allierte til å ta en hard kurs, mot deres vilje. Obama er under hardt press på hjemmebane om å lede. Gjør han ikke det vil hans plass i amerikansk historie bli skadelidende.

Others cautioned against reading too much into Mr. Putin’s statements. “It would be a mistake on our part to look at what he’s saying and think this crisis is almost over: ‘O.K., we’ve lost Crimea, but the rest of the country is with us,’ ” said Ivo Daalder, Mr. Obama’s first ambassador to NATO and now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

He said Crimea would become a precedent: “Crimea is a big deal. It means a country can be invaded, and a big piece of it can be taken away with no price. But two, this isn’t just about Crimea. This is about who is ultimately in control of Ukraine.”

Obama har «fucked up» Syria. Han har ikke råd til å gjøre det samme med Ukraina.

Still, others are more dubious, noting that Mr. Obama may not be willing to go as far as necessary without the support of allies, particularly given that it would presumably jeopardize Russian cooperation on a range of issues, including Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Middle East peace.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/world/europe/no-easy-way-out.html?action=click&contentCollection=Europe&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article