Sunday was a very busy phone day for Vladimir Putin. He was rebuked on the phone by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister, David Cameron, sharing the phone and message. They reiterated President Obama’s message from Thursday that Putin had violated International law with welcoming Crimea leaders to a referendum March 16 in Russia to secede from the Ukraine.
Now, diplomacy is slightly on hold till Wednesday when Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will visit with Obama and other leaders in Washington D.C. The hold is due to the fact that President Obama is on Spring Break vacation in Fla. and Vice-President Biden is on vacation also.
Times are rough as Russian confrontation occurred in Crimea on Monday with the Russian troops taking over a hospital in the regional capital Simferopol. What need do the Russians see for a hospital with medical supplies and doctors in the near future?
President Obama did get Chinese Xi Jinping to urge Russia to proceed with a diplomatic answer after Xi Jinping urged Obama, Merkel and Cameron to seek a peaceful and diplomatic solution. Perhaps, the Russian troops in Crimea are trying to assure the same?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is sending counter proposals to diplomatically resolve the Ukranian-Crimea situation and hopefully, President Obama will have this upon his return in time for the meeting with interim President Yatsenyuk in Washington this Wednesday.
The UN Security Council will hear fromYatsenyuk on Thursday and his presentation of how Russia has violated international law in its show of force in Crimea.
Before the meeting on Wednesday between Obama and Yatsenyuk, Obama could send a message with humanitarian relief with flights to Kiev. The President could announce an emergency meeting with NATO and ground exercises in Poland, the Baltic States and Romania to show the U.S. response to leadership and commitment to the people of the Ukraine.
It would be a display of U.S. superpower to extend over to the plight of the Ukranian people and that their situation requires presidential action from The White House.
Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) has repeatedly spoken out this past week that Obama does not understand Putin, the former 'KGB' leader and the goal of gaining back lost 'Russian' assets.
Please, view the list below in Author's suggestions and the video atop this article for more on the Ukraine and Crimea situation. The video atop this article from the WSJ is with Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) speaking on the Ukraine situation.