Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded The Crimean Region, owned by Ukraine, last week. Right after the Winter Olympics and after the removal of the Ukrainian President, Secretary of State John Kerry responded vehemently that there would be consequences. This may be a help to the shaky Ukrainian government, but for the American troops that have yet to leave Afghanistan, American involvement is very alarming.
Kerry’s threat with military action and sanctions against Russia has now become action since the invasion. He has gone to the Ukrainian Parliament instead of President Viktor Yanukovych, as he was recently impeached for his excess while his country struggled economically. Kerry offered to loan the country one billion dollars in order to show American support, and also to begin to create more of a separation as they still rely on energy subsidiaries given to them by Russia. According to The Guardian, he was recorded as saying, “We want to very visibly embrace Ukraine. Part of that is through an IMF [International Monetary Fund] package, part of it will be through bilateral assistance but in conjunction with our partners to try to support Ukraine.” Kerry has also said: “All options are on the table.” This includes military action.
Former President Yanukovych sent for Russian troops in a letter weeks before he was ousted. Putin, recognizing Yanukovych as the legitimate leader of the country, says that those who removed him were nothing but a conspiracy coup and exercised an “unconstitutional takeover” of the Ukrainian government. Seeing as though he refuses to accept that Parliament is the legitimate governing body in Ukraine, he will not meet to make peace with them. According to CNN, he is said to believe that this invasion is in the best interest for the Ukrainian people and that he will “take all measures to protect the rights of those people.”
As part of the United Nations and historically a defender of democracy, the United States has put its hand in this war between two separate, sovereign nations. They have offered a loan and our military support to the victim of this “incredible act of aggression”. However, the question remains whether or not we have the resources to match our generosity; and if, after 12 years at conflict in the Middle East, our military leadership is willing to send its troops to Crimea.
John Kerry is making many a promise and many a threat in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, despite that this might not be his war to fight.