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More Sanctions, Seriously! Putin's Not Budging

That Western nations have agreed to swiftly impose more sanctions on Russia in respect to Putin's continued menacing in Ukraine, is a welcomed peaceful diplomatic policy; but unless these sanctions are deep enough to really impact Putin and his clan, Russia will not budge and Putin's disturbance into Ukraine will continue. Moreover, it is likely that no economic, financial nor trade sanctions by the West upon Russia, would ever be sufficient to force Putin to abide by the Geneva accord of April 17. Putin has clearly sufficed that sanctions that would clearly hurt him are too draconian for Western nations to attempt, because they would amount to the West shooting themselves in the "foot" because he has that commodity Western nations need, and Western nations will not dare deprive themselves of Russian gas to effect stability in Ukraine. Furthermore, Putin believes that his partnership with Xi Jinping of China and their forthcoming energy pact, is more than sufficient economically to offset any Western sanctions. So on Monday when the EU meets in Brussels, Belgium, to determine the scope of new sanctions, Putin will not be worrying. And in Washington, when the US sanctions are identified, Putin will probably respond with more rhetoric suggesting the Internet as a CIA project along with other incoherent discourse to project to the West that he is not sweating. And perhaps he's not, for in Xi Jinping of China, Putin, believes he's found a friend. As Western nations sat to discuss Putin's interference in Ukraine, Putin's friend, Xi, has been scoping out new territory in South America for deals from Uranium to ethanol, to soy beans to meats,  of which Putin hopes Xi will eventually share the spoils. Putin will not step back from Ukraine as he attempts to effect the May 25 vote there. But, NATO has the capacity to force Putin's troops back to barracks, and I submit that despite the Putinian rhetoric that might come as a result of, the Ukraine Prime Minister needs to make one declaration: "Ukraine desires full membership in NATO."