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Influential European politicians warn Trump not to deal with Russia
12:19, 11 January 2017
Influential European politicians warn Trump not to deal with Russia

17 current and former politicians of Central and Eastern Europe direct a letter to the US President-elect

12:19, 11 January 2017

Reuters

Influential European politicians directed a letter to the US President-elect Donald Trump, in which they warned him not to conclude full scale agreement with Russian authorities. The document was signed by 17 current and former politicians of Central and Eastern Europe. Among them – current Bulgaria President Rosen Plevneliev, ex-President of Romania Traian Băsescu, former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, ex-President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and ex-Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt.

This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine, referring to The Washington Post.

“The aftershocks of such a deal would shake American credibility with allies in Europe and elsewhere,” the letter says. “The rules-based international order on which Western security has depended for decades would be weakened. The alliances that are the true source of American greatness would erode: countries that have expended blood, treasure and political capital in support of transatlantic security will wonder if America is now no longer a dependable friend,” write the authors of the letter.

“Putin does not seek American greatness. As your allies, we do,” they wrote. “As your treaty-bound allies, we appeal to Americans in the new U.S. Administration and Congress to stand firm in the defense of our common goals and interests: peace, Atlantic strength, and freedom.”

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First of all, the Trump administration must not weaken sanctions on Russia or tacitly accept the Russian annexation of Crimea, the European leaders argued. Doing so would not only demoralize the pro-American forces in Ukraine, but would also destabilize the region economically and give comfort to extremist, anti-Western actors.

A grand bargain with Putin that throws Ukraine under the bus would have grave consequences for America’s broader standing in Europe as well, the leaders wrote.

Earlier it was reported that reports that allege Trump ‘s ties to Russia appeared in media. Buzzfeed posted 35-pages report of Russia’s special forces compromising information on US President-elect.

Related: Trump: During my presidency Russia will respect us far more

 

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