Europe cannot afford to wobble over Ukraine

Carnegie’s Judy Dempsey writes that when the EU’s sanctions on Russia are up for renewal in late June, European leaders cannot give in to their counterparts who are claiming the West has humiliated Russia and it is time to restore normal relations. Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and Eastern Ukraine last year after first annexing Crimea. Russia continues to meddle in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as Moldova. Pandering to Moscow would amount to humiliating those who believe in the sovereignty of nations, Dempsey argues. Dempsey also says Europe needs to support the reformers in Ukraine who are fighting for the de-Sovietization of the country, which is a long, difficult process.


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