They recall that the EU and the U.S. responded to Putin's aggression by imposing economic sanctions which along with a slump in oil prices painfully hurt Russia's economy. However, there is a growing chorus of pro-Putin voices in Europe, calling for lifting the sanctions. According to the experts, the EU must remain steadfast in its commitment to sanctions until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented and Russia withdraws its troops from Ukraine.
They also believe that the West still needs to do more to counter the Russian narrative. Western leaders have shied away from calling the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea and war in the Donbas what it is: an invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation While intervention or action may sound more diplomatic, they are nothing more than euphemisms that misrepresent the reality on the ground.
After all, Putin himself has publicly admitted and even boasted about the efficiency of Russia's military take-over of Crimea - outlining, in methodical detail, the invasion. He has also admitted that Russian soldiers are in the Donbas. It is time that European and U.S. policy makers and Western media take Putin at his word and call a spade a spade.
"Any euphemisms only play into the Kremlin's version of events, undermine the international community's unity against Moscow's aggression, and make it harder to formulate a coherent Western policy against the Kremlin's revisionist ambitions," the authors conclude.