“Although top-level Ukrainian politicians won’t say it, Kyiv clearly fears a deal between Moscow and Washington that could hurt Ukrainian interests. Trump has often given them reason for concern,” Roman Goncharenko writes for Deutsche Welle.
“The Russian sanctions language was an amendment attached to a bill sanctioning Iran over its ballistic missile program and terrorism sponsorship—meaning Trump would have to veto a more aggressive posture toward Iran if he were to veto the new Russia sanctions,” Emily Tamkin writes for Foreign Policy.
“Measuring the effectiveness of sanctions is always a challenge, because everyone has different metrics. So if we think about it in terms of changing Russian policy and Russian strategic objectives vis-à-vis Ukraine, they’ve been very ineffective,” said Samuel Charap in this CFR event.