European Union foreign ministers, citing momentum behind a new peace initiative, on Monday delayed for a week the implementation of sanctions against a new group of individuals and companies in Russia and eastern Ukraine, EU officials said.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is…hopeful:
Things are beginning—just beginning, we must be careful—to move.
Here’s how things are beginning to move: Russian-backed rebels have renewed their attacks with their objective of expanding their hold on Donetsk Oblast, and Russians and Russian-backed rebels have renewed their assault on Mariupol with the objective here to build a land bridge to Russian occupied Crimea.
In response to Congressional moves for the US—finally—to begin supplying even defensive arms to Ukraine,
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo pleaded with Washington to maintain “unity of action” with Europe.
The honorable gentleman from Spain has misspoken: he meant to say “unity of inaction.” While Ukraine burns.
No, the only peace initiative that has any legitimacy, the only peace agreement that can have any legitimacy, is one in which Russia withdraws from Ukraine. Completely.
Europe seems unwilling to do the things necessary to achieve that.