As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said during a discussion on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.
Putin expected the reaction of the West to his actions in Ukraine to be insignificant, Volker said. In the case of Crimea, he was right, as there was no significant reaction, he said. There were certain sanctions, but they were not strong enough. Only when the Russian occupation affected eastern Ukraine, the West went further and began to act. The attitude of many Western European countries towards Russia has also changed, Volker said.
He believes Western countries realized that they could no longer ignore Russian aggression and should oppose it.