December 23, 2015

UPDATE: Western Powers Extend Sanctions Against Russia

UPDATE: Yesterday, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine, only a few days after the European Union formally extended sanctions against Russia as well:

These are the first new United States measures on Russia since July 30, and they come just days after the European Union renewed its sanctions for six more months, a coordinated action intended to show that any cooperation with Russia in Syria will not mean any trade-off in the confrontation over Ukraine.

In November 2015, Reuters first reported that Western leaders had decided to extend sanctions against Russia:

Western leaders who met on the margins of last week’s Group of 20 summit in Turkey agreed to extend sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine by six months until July of next year, a senior European diplomat told Reuters.

Although Clinton sought to “reset” relations with Russia while she was Secretary of State, Russia took control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and has since strongly supported separatists fighting for independence in Eastern Ukraine. The recent decision by Western powers to extend sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine is only the most recent indication of the failed judgment that best characterizes Clinton’s reset with Russia and her broader record on foreign policy.