They can’t say that they were not warned. Russia is about to enter the deep freeze and it will take 30 years or more to get out, if then. It will take three times that period for American to pay off the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of yesteryear, barring future wars. Oddly, China is the financier for all of this enterprising American foreign policy. Make life miserable for Russians is the American and Western Foreign policy as they have no choice short of military engagement. Russia seems to believe that it can carve out sufficient opportunity among the nonaligned nations that include rogue dictatorships and under developed nations which have been neglected by Europe and the US. That is probably a bad scenario for Russia because it assumes that the US and Europe will not compete for the balance of opportunity.
It truly does no good to threaten Russia as the leadership doesn’t respond to that. They will respond to Exxon-Mobil contract termination and expansion of fuel supplies from alternative sources to replace the Russian resources. They will feel uncomfortable with increased arms to Eastern European nations.
“Kerry to Russia: 'Window to change course is closing'
By Justin Sink
Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia that the "window to change course is closing" in what appeared to be a final warning to Moscow that the U.S. was readying severe economic sanctions over the situation in Ukraine.
"Let me be clear," Kerry said. "If Russia continues in this direction, it will not just be a grave mistake, it will be an expensive mistake."
Speaking at the State Department one week after foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union penned an agreement designed to de-escalate the crisis there, Kerry accused the Kremlin of "a full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic effort" in Ukraine.
"Russia has put its faith in distraction, deception, and destabilization," Kerry said. "For seven days Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction."
But Kerry stopped short of providing a concrete deadline for Russia to change course. Nor did Kerry outline the scope of economic penalties that the U.S. and its allies would impose if Russian continued its provocations.
Instead, Kerry again made the case that "in plain sight, Russia continues to fund, coordinate, and fuel a heavily armed separatist movement."