World European Leaders Beg Trump to Stand Up to Russia

04:35  11 january  2017
04:35  11 january  2017 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Ex- leaders , politicians and pro-democracy advocates from across Central and Eastern Europe have implored U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to stand behind Ukraine in its struggle against Russia 's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Leaders and foreign ministers from across Central and Eastern Europe have implored U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to stand behind Ukraine in its struggle against Russia ’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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Leaders and foreign ministers from across Central and Eastern Europe have implored U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to stand behind Ukraine in its struggle against Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"Vladimir Putin is not America's ally," 17 current and former heads of state and foreign ministers wrote in an open letter to Trump dated Monday. "Neither is he a trustworthy international partner."

The Obama administration issued a new round of sanctions last month targeting Russian officials and businesses connected to the Crimean takeover and support for separatists. Because those and earlier sanctions were issued by executive order, Trump could choose to revoke them when he takes office next week.

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European leaders are literally begging Trump to stand up to Putin. It would be so much easier politically for Trump to stand up to Russia . He would’ve had a much easier time winning the election.

Putin just needs Trump tO not lose his nerve for 9 more days then he'll get the nuke codes & keys to the kingdom. Have Europe stand up to Putin themselves and stop asking us to fight for them!

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"It would be a grave mistake to end the current sanctions on Russia or accept the division and subjugation of Ukraine," the European leaders wrote, warning that to do so would demoralize America's allies in the region and destabilize their economies.

In the broader picture, they wrote: "the aftershocks of such a deal would shake American credibility with allies in Europe and elsewhere."

Trump has frequently praised Putin's leadership, and his nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson, has expressed opposition to sanctions on Russia, where ExxonMobil has business ties.

The letter is similar to one that was sent to Obama shortly after he took office in January 2009, which expressed concern that "Central and Eastern European countries are no longer at the heart of American foreign policy."

"Russia is back as a revisionist power pursuing a 19th-century agenda with 21st-century tactics and methods," that letter said.

Five of the leaders signed both letters:

  • Istvan Gyarmati, chief executive of the International Center for Democratic Transition, a Hungarian pro-democracy nonprofit
  • Karel Schwarzenberg, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Czech Republic's Chamber of Deputies
  • Janusz Onyszkiewicz of Poland, former vice president of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga
  • Alexandr Vondra, former foreign minister of the Czech Republic

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