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President Barack Obama’s administration seems to pursue two contradictory goals: support Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in general terms but, at the same time, seek a short-term compromise that might satisfy Russia in Ukraine’s east. Preoccupied with “legacy” issues in foreign policy as Obama’s second and final term comes to a close, administration officials apparently aim to show some results in their crisis-management efforts—Ukraine’s east being an easier case than Syria, for example—before November’s presidential election. The administration has switched from the rhetoric of “isolating” Moscow to direct engagement with the Kremlin on Ukraine.
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Source: The Jamestown Foundation