Will’s Take: Putin ‘Got Away with’ Taking Crimea Because Sanctions’ Ineffectiveness

by NRO Staff

The United States and European Union were wrong to think economic sanctions would deter Russian aggression in Ukraine, George Will says. Without fear of “credible military force” by the West, Vladimir Putin has largely faced no repercussions for his actions.

“The idea that great powers are going to turn on a dime and reverse their course because of sanctions on chickens and things is preposterous,” he said on Thursday’s Special Report. “There’s no precedent for that in history.”

As a result, Will said Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea has become all but accepted within the international community: “He got away with it — he has pocketed it,” Will said.