Some Europeans are cool to new U.S. sanctions on Russia. They shouldn’t be.
It’s not just Russia protesting against the latest round of American sanctions and expelling hundreds of embassy workers in Moscow and elsewhere. Germany’s foreign minister and Austria’s chancellor issued a joint statement saying the sanctions damaged Western unity on Ukraine. And on 16 July, German ex-diplomat and power broker Wolfgang Ischinger wrote in the Wall Street Journal that they would “compromise European energy security and damage U.S. relations with Europe” to the benefit of Russia.