Charles Krauthammer: How to handle Putin
We're already sending U.S. aircraft to patrol the airspace of the Baltic states. That's not enough.
2. Same for the four NATO countries bordering Ukraine - Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
3. Urgently revive the original missile defense agreements concluded with Poland and the Czech Republic before Obama canceled them unilaterally to appease Russia.Deter Russia in Ukraine:
2. Declare that any further Russian military incursion beyond Crimea will lead to a rapid and favorable response from NATO to any request from Kiev for weapons. These would be accompanied by significant numbers of NATO trainers and advisers.
Name the names, freeze their accounts.
But any real effect will require broader sanctions and for that we need European cooperation. The ultimate sanction is to cut off Russian oligarchs, companies and banks from the Western financial system.
As of now, the Germans, French and British have balked. They have too much economic interest in the Moscow connection.
How? For serious sanctions to become possible, Europe must first be weaned off Russian gas. Obama should order the Energy Department to expedite authorization for roughly 25 liquid natural gas export facilities. Demand all decisions within six weeks.
Obama is not the first President to conduct a weak foreign policy. Jimmy Carter was similarly inclined - until Russia invaded Afghanistan, at which point the scales fell from Carter's eyes.
Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for The Washington Post.
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