Censor.NET reports citing an article by Diane Francis for Atlantic Council.
According to her, on Feb. 1, President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Mike Flynn put Iran "officially on notice" for testing a missile in violation of a U.N. resolution.
By contrast, on Jan. 31, the State Department issued a tepid statement condemning a murderous military assault on a Ukrainian town in the east without condemning its Russian perpetrators.
This stunned and demoralized Ukrainians and Russia-watchers, the author says.
But then, on Feb. 2, an unequivocal condemnation of Russia was mounted in the United Nations by Nikki Haley in her maiden speech as America's U.N. envoy.
"The United States stands with the people of Ukraine who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military interventions," she said. "Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, this crisis will continue."
However, Haley wasn't speaking for herself. A National Security Council spokesperson confirmed that Haley and Flynn had discussed her statement at the U.N. before it was given and that Flynn "agreed with" its contents. The spokesman said it was fair to call Haley's statement "administration policy."
"Obviously, as Trump gets his feet under his desk and expands his circle of advisers beyond the salons of Manhattan and Mar-a-Lago to hardline military experts, his administration is moving toward doing the right thing when it comes to Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.
"And the right thing is to put Russia "officially on notice" to end its war against Ukraine, withdraw back inside its borders, and pay tens of billions in damages.
"So far, Trump has kept his cards close to his vest - and talked about resetting the Russian relationship - but it's dramatically more likely that Putin is going to discover that there is a 'Bear' in the White House, and that poking him in the eye is going to backfire badly," the article reads.
Trump's campaign had 18 undisclosed contacts with officials with Kremlin ties, including Ukrainian oligarch Medvedchuk, - Reuters(0)