Russia-Ukraine Crisis threatens America’s prestige and Putin believes he may achieve one of his most cherished goals.
Russia-Ukraine Crisis Update
Russia-Ukraine Crisis threatens America’s prestige. As the Biden administration considers how to respond to Russian aggression in its first big foreign crisis since retreating from Afghanistan, the United States risks further damage to its reputation.
In the newest report of The Hill, President Biden must strike a balance between displaying strength in the global power struggle and the US being wary of joining in foreign military conflicts as tensions between Russia and Ukraine rise. Some Republicans complain that if Biden doesn’t respond aggressively, he would appear weak.
Furthermore, according to Forbes, Vladimir Putin, ever the audacious opportunist, is launching his most ambitious and dangerous attempt yet. Putin believes that by threatening a big invasion of Ukraine, he may achieve one of his most cherished goals. It’s turning Ukraine into a Kremlin vassal state with little chance of becoming a genuine, independent European country. This is crucial to Putin’s ambition to turn all nations that broke away from the former Soviet Empire into puppets.
In the recent article published in The Hill, the administration will not specify the sanctions that will impose on Russia. Officials, also, state that they will be more severe than those imposed on Moscow after it seizes Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. As fears of an invasion rise this week, the Pentagon places 8,500 troops on high alert, with the possibility of deployment to Eastern Europe to defend NATO partners.
Simultaneously, the Biden administration is promoting diplomatic discussions as a way out. On Wednesday, the State Department responds to Russian requests with a written statement that outline areas of possible agreement if Russia reduces its troop presence along with Ukraine’s border voicing reservations about Russia’s position.