“The U.S. is preparing financial sanctions on pro-Russian agents in Ukraine as Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to Europe to meet the Ukrainian leadership and his Russian counterpart, part of a show of diplomacy and pressure that Washington hopes will dissuade Russia from invading its neighbor, U.S. officials said.”
“As pressure mounts for the U.S. and its European allies to take swift action to deter Russian escalation, the coming action against individuals in Ukraine rather than the Russian government underscores some of the administration’s interest in exhausting diplomatic avenues with Moscow, officials said. The U.S. and its allies hope for a diplomatic breakthrough after four rounds of talks last weekfailed to narrow the gap between Moscow and Western nations.”
I expect the Russians to do something to counter this move, but what will it be? I expect something short of an invasion. Maybe they’ll send snipers in, or target American agents. Maybe serve them polonium cocktails. Something that sends a message. Anyway, I’m glad I’m on the sidelines and not in the game.