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Dean Stavridis Comments on Obama’s Call for Russia to End Ukraine Incursion

Dean Stavridis The Fletcher School

President Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his military forces need to return to their military bases in the Ukraine, according to the White House…

…“The stakes are significant for both the U.S. and Russia, as well as for Europe and NATO,” retired Adm. James Stavridis, [dean of The Fletcher School, Tufts University and] former NATO supreme allied commander, said in an email today to Military Times.

In a commentary published Saturday in Foreign Policy, Stavridis argued that NATO should take a number of steps in response to Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, including putting NATO’s 25,000-troop Response Force on a higher state of alert.

“Many will consider any level of NATO involvement provocative and potentially inflammatory,” Stavridis wrote. “Unfortunately, the stakes are high and the Russians are moving. Sitting idle, without at least looking at options, is a mistake for NATO and would itself constitute a signal to Putin — one that he would welcome.”

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