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Lawmakers Dial Europe to Make a Case for Sanctions on Russia: Prof. Drezner Weighs In

Daniel Drezner is Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Members of Congress are leaning on Europe to back meaningful sanctions on Russia, making personal phone calls to convince allies that the Kremlin should be punished for its incursion into Ukraine.…

…Some experts doubt Europe will join the effort.

“It is unlikely that the U.S. will get broad-based European support for the sanctions,” said Daniel Drezner, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution [and professor at The Fletcher School, Tufts University]. “The U.K. is going to be reluctant to impose financial sanctions because there’s a lot of Russian money flowing through London, and it looks like in the case of Germany, [Chancellor Angela] Merkel isn’t so much against sanctions in principle, but against sanctions right now.”

While Drezner argued that sanctions won’t get Russia out of Crimea, some argue the discussion creates pressure on the Kremlin to rethink its aggressive stance.

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