Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea if it would lead to better relations with Moscow and stronger cooperation in fighting Islamic State militants.
In an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump suggested that the people of Crimea would rather be part of Russia. That runs counter to the Obama administration, which imposed economic sanctions against Russia for annexing the territory in Ukraine two years ago.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea is a fait accompli that nothing can change now. Putin would rather go to war with the West than withdraw from Crimea.
And by all accounts, it’s true that “the people of Crimea would rather be part of Russia.”
It’s in no one’s best interests, least of all Ukraine’s, to pursue the matter further. It’s over and done with. Time to move on.
Donald Trump’s pragmatic approach in this instance could indeed “lead to better relations with Moscow and stronger cooperation in fighting Islamic State militants.”
And could persuade Vladimir Putin to keep his hands off of the rest of Ukraine.
It’s “The Art of the Deal.” Everyone walks away with something.