Den nylig avgåtte amerikanske ambassadøren i Moskva, Michael McFaul, tror ikke Putin kommer til å gi slipp på Krim.
In a generally downbeat assessment of the Ukraine crisis, the just-departed U.S. ambassador to Russia said Friday he believes chances are “slim” for Western diplomatic efforts to convince Russia to end its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
Former Ambassador Michael McFaul, who had a major role in shaping U.S. policy until his retirement last month, told a group of journalists that while U.S. sanctions could hurt Russian businesses — especially if they include banking penalties — they aren’t likely to dissuade President Vladimir Putin from annexing Crimea.
“At the end of the day, Putin will be willing to make the economic sacrifice if he wants to go ahead with the annexation strategy,” he said.
McFaul said he believed Russia would not halt its joint efforts with the United States to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons or negotiate limits on Iran’s nuclear weapons because Russia believes both of those endeavors are in its interest. But he said there was probably serious concern in the Obama administration that Russia would stop allowing U.S. forces to move equipment out of Afghanistan through Russian territory.