How To Confront Russia Over Ukraine Likely To Dominate G7 Talks

How Will The G7 Deal With Its Putin Problem
On his way to Germany for this week’s meeting of the G7, President Barack Obama says the leaders will discuss how to handle the increasingly volatile Russian President Vladimir Putin, which clearly is the US’s priority.

While Obama said many issues would be discussed, including the global economy, maintaining a strong and prosperous European Union, climate change and trade deals, how to deal with Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine will dominate the agenda, reports The BBC.

While Ukraine will be ever-present, a solution will not be produced from the talks, Deutsche Welle’s Bernd Johann writes.

He maintains that the G7 summit is not the “proper forum” to negotiate an agreement, and is better suited to developing a map for the path forward.

“Participants have to use the meeting to map out the way ahead. Adhering to diplomatic dialogue with Moscow is the right thing to do, and this includes continuing the Minsk process, even if it hardly works. After all, the alternative is war. Simultaneously, it has to be made clear to Russia that every further escalation will immediately result in a drastic tightening of sanctions. Sugarcoating is not the way forward,” he says.

Despite the looming financial crisis in Greece and other fiscal concerns, Ukraine is certain to drown out those concerns.

Also on theG7’s plate s how to cope with the rising numbers of migrants flooding Europe, including the half a million migrants from Libya that British military officials say are preparing to attempt the crossing, which will only exacerbate the current crisis.

Fmr. Secretary Of State Condi Rice: Trade Can Restore US Standing
In an op-ed in The Washington Post, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes the case that given the disordered state of global affairs, the fight in Congress over whether to grant the president trade promotion authority must be viewed in a larger context.

“Unfortunately, questions about America’s commitment to sustaining the very global system we helped create are frequent and growing. The word ‘disengagement’ is more often used today when discussing the United States’ role in the world than at any time in recent memory. It is in that context that President Obama’s request for trade-promotion authority and his desire to negotiate new agreements in Asia and Europe should be understood,” Rice writes.

 

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