JRL NEWSWATCH: “America Needs Dialogue With Moscow; Sanctions have their place, but some of them are undermining trust without serving their purpose” – Wall Street Journal/ Jon Huntsman

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“… The U.S., acting alone, won’t succeed in changing … [the behavior] of the Russian government. Only the Russian people are capable of this. … Putin runs the country with unrivaled strength[] [b]ut his time will pass. We need to do … more thinking about the institutions and generations that will outlast him. … [W]e need to cultivate constructive relationships with those who will shape Russia’s post-Putin period. The U.S. was caught off guard by … Putin’s unexpected rise to power …. We can’t afford to let that happen again. … [I]mplementing sanctions without making sure they fit into a larger strategy of engagement costs us the ability to shape outcomes. File Photo of John Huntsman, Men in Military Uniforms and Others, adapted from image at army.milRussians have accepted that U.S. sanctions will probably remain in place for the long term, inevitably distorting the market as Russians create alternative supply chains that aren’t always conducive to American interests. …”

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