Ian Brzezinski: Our policy “conveys hesitancy and a lack of unity and determination. It has failed to convince Putin to reverse course. Indeed, it may have actually emboldened him.”
The West's current strategy toward Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine not only promises continued conflict in Ukraine but also poses an increased danger of wider war, the Atlantic Council's Ian Brzezinski told the US Senate this week.
If the West holds to its current course, Ukraine is likely in the next six to eighteen months to lose more territory and see an even weaker economy, while Russia's economy will likely be only somewhat weaker and its leaders marginally more isolated, Brzezinski, a Resident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, said April 28 in testimony to the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
It's unfortunate that in a time of critical issues that legislation that disenfranchises certain, if often extreme, points of view looks like it's going to become law.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to sign four laws on "decommunization," recently passed by Ukraine's parliament, which enact an official version of the nation's 20th century history. The laws ban Nazi and Communist symbols and the "public denial of the criminal nature of the Communist totalitarian regime 1917–1991," open former KGB archives, replace the Soviet term "Great Patriotic War" with Second World War, and provide public recognition to anyone who fought for Ukrainian independence in the 20th century.