A deal between the Ukrainian president and anti-government protestors that was hammered out Friday may not be worth the paper it's written on, American Enterprise Institute scholar Richard Perle believes.
"If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has his way, it won't be worth much because there is a clear Putin effort to exert influence on Ukraine that will keep the West out and the West has been too weak in opposing Russian importuning," Perle told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"So as things stand, everything depends on whether we stand up to Russia because this is a West versus Russia confrontation."
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comes after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych launched a bloody crackdown on protesters that has left more than 100 dead and 500 injured.
Perle, former chairman of the Defense Policy Board and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, said the Russians have used "every opportunity" to undermine American interests in the Ukraine.
"Often gratuitously and when it was of no benefit to themselves. So of course our message to Putin should be very clear: We will not stand by and watch Ukraine [be] reabsorbed into the shadow of the Soviet empire," Perle said.
"Whether we can make that credible or not is another question … The sad thing is that the West has not really gotten its act together and Putin's pressure has been clear from the very beginning."
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