As Ukrainian crisis worsens, is there a way out? View from Moscow
March 31, 2014 10:00 AM
Location: Zenger Room
News Conference: “"Way out of Ukrainian Crisis. US-Russia cooperation agenda" View from Moscow.
Monday, March 31, 10 AM
National Press Club, Zenger Room
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045
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President Barak Obama is under enormous pressure from an array of domestic and international sectors to push back forcefully against President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea and potentially elsewhere.
Short of military confrontation, the U.S. and its allies have a wide scope of possible actions. From the already imposed visa restrictions and foreign-based assets freezes of high level Russian officials to stiff financial and economic sanctions, restrictions of Russian oil, gas and arms export, political isolation, expulsion from international organizations, there are innumerable choices available to Mr. Obama and others in the international community.
There is no doubt that US and Europe can inflict a huge damage to the Russian economy. Still, does such a campaign benefit America’s short and long term interests? Some of these sanctions may also be damaging to those who impose them. They could it could specifically hurt US interests since many of the problems that we face require cooperation with Russia.
The list of such problems and challenges is pretty substantial from Afghanistan and Iran to Syria and North Korea, from nuclear nonproliferation to the war on terror, from the fight with drug trafficking to the space research.
In addition, there are hundreds of US companies who are doing business in Russia and who help to generate job opportunities for Americans.
So, is there a better way? Possibly.
Several distinguished Russian political leaders and scholars will explore options, offer some potential solutions, and generate an overall dialog, via a National Press Club satellite news conference on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10 AM in the Club’s Zenger Room on the 13th Floor.
Among Invited Panelists:
Victor Ivanov, Russian Drug Enforcement Administration Chief (TBC)
Konstantin Kosachev, former Chairman of the Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee
Sergei Markov, Director, Institute of Political Studies, former MP
Sergei Zheleznyak, Vice-Speaker of the parliament
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