John Smith spoke to the Washington Post about the use of economic sanctions to prevent Russia from launching an invasion of Ukraine.
According to John, economic sanctions could play a role in tempering Russian president Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions or deterring future military adventurism.
“Will the sanctions prevent him from invading eastern Ukraine, particularly in the breakaway republics? Probably not. In much the same way, the sanctions in 2014 did not mean that he turned around the troops and they left Crimea,” John said. “But the sanctions can have an impact in terms of just how far he’s willing to go into Ukraine. Because if you’re sitting in Kyiv, you want sanctions that will prevent him from occupying the entire territory of the country.”