April 29, 2014
US Senators: Ukraine is “a Test” of the Transatlantic Relationship
The Role of the United States: A European Power
Senator Murphy, however, believes there is more at stake in the Ukraine crisis. Sending weapons to Ukraine’s military would not be “provocative,” as some critics of this idea claim. The problem lies in knowing that “the type and kind of weaponry” the United States send to Ukraine would not tip the scale of the conflict. Thus, if the United States cannot deliver the requisite weaponry to aid Ukraine, then a Russian victory would count as a win over Ukraine and the United States, claimed the senator from Connecticut. To send a clear message to Putin, Senator Murphy continued, “let us give a Membership Action Plan [MAP] to Georgia” to join NATO and enact an “open door policy” so other countries can work their way into the Alliance. Further, “we should not forget about Crimea” and should not remove sanctions until the disposition has changed on that peninsula.
So what is required of the United States heretofore in Ukraine? The “United States has to lead,” said Senator McCain. This conflict tests “the moral suasion of the United States of America.” What happens in Ukraine is being watched “very closely” by China as it decides how to act in Asia. According to Senator Murphy, “the United States cannot wait” to act in Ukraine and take a leadership role in solving this crisis. If Europe is of vital importance to the United States—due to both strategic interests and a connection in values—then the Ukraine situation “is the time to prove it.”