Ex-Ambassador Bolton: US Sanctions on Russia 'Trivial'

Image: Ex-Ambassador Bolton: US Sanctions on Russia 'Trivial'

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 12:05 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The sanctions the United States imposed on Russia to stave off aggression into Ukraine were no more effective than if the White House had done nothing, claimed John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"The sanctions that were imposed after the Russian takeover of the Crimea are trivial," Bolton told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday. "They are almost the equivalent of doing nothing, because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin sees this as weakness, both on the part of the United States and Europe."

Economic sanctions have had "no impact" on Putin's decision-making, Bolton said. The Russian president's spokesman said reports were incorrect that Russian troops along Ukraine's border had moved into the eastern part of the country, according to Reuters.

As tensions escalated in eastern Ukraine, CNN reported that pro-Russian gunmen had seized police and government buildings in several cities.

Bolton said Putin is in a "win-win situation at this point," explaining that the Russian president views warnings of further costs from President Barack Obama as rhetoric.

"All he hears from Obama is, 'If you do it the next time, the sanctions will increase.' I think Putin calculates that it's all hot air, and that if he measures how he approaches this, he's going to get what he wants," he said.

Bolton said that neither the White House nor the Europeans were prepared to take "really strong, really effective, meaningful, financial sanctions against the Russian government."

Putin "has seen the rhetoric. He's heard the president talk the talk. But there isn't any walking the walk that follows," Bolton said.


Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama Sought Immigration Order for 'Fullest Extent' of His Legal Authority

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 22:11 PM

Months before his landmark announcement about executive action on immigration, President Barack Obama entered into disc . . .

Rick Perry Revs Up Campaign for 2016

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 21:33 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will spend his last month in office meeting with more than 500 major GOP bundlers and donors in De . . .

Pope Francis Heads to Istanbul in Symbolic Visit

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 21:21 PM

Pope Francis on Saturday heads to Istanbul for the second leg of his first trip to Turkey, in a richly-symbolic visit se . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved