The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Eurasia Center Director John Herbst on what actions the European Union should take following the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane near Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia:
Obama had announced new, tougher U.S. sanctions early last week, but Europeans had declined to follow. He should continue to press them. Their weakness has encouraged Putin’s dangerous behavior.
“It is time for the Europeans to show the European Union is not a jellyfish,” says John E. Herbst, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who is now at the Atlantic Council. “Cowardice on the part of the Europeans is no longer acceptable.”