Russia’s war on Ukraine is the first full-fledged war of aggression in Europe since 1945. Several high-level U.S. government officials have recently visited Ukraine, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
- Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and former director of policy planning for the State Department, said the visits are aimed at demonstrating to Russia that unlike in 2014, when Russia took Crimea and occupied parts of eastern Ukraine, the United States and NATO allies are not moving on.
- Slaughter said the U.S. is doing all it can to help Ukraine and should focus on preventing Russia from taking over southern Ukraine and the port of Odessa.
- She said she thinks the Biden administration has done a superb job for the most part but should not personalize rhetoric against Putin because that eliminates the incentive for a ceasefire.