The Daily Beast: “Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran.
The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
Opinion: July 16, 2014 President Obama said this “We have repeatedly made clear that Russia must halt the flow of fighters and weapons across the border. We have to see concrete actions and not just words.”
With those words, new sanctions were imposed on Russia that target major banks, energy companies, the Russian defense industry, and individuals the White House said were responsible for the continuing support of the Ukrainian separatists .
On July 17 a surface-to-air missile hit flight MH17.
At this point the war of words between the two presidents is crucial. The US must move quickly to form an energy policy to supply Europe or Putin could punish the EU this winter.
At the same time the US must supply Ukraine with weapons or the Russian Czar will push harder to acquire his former empire.
If all the US can do is threaten to isolate Russia economically, it will only make maters worse.