By Patrick Goodenough
Sending Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with his Russian counterpart in a failed bid to avert a Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea was “like sending a cupcake to negotiate with a steak knife,” former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said on Sunday.
Speaking as the referendum was underway, Bolton told Fox News that both the Obama administration and the European Union (E.U.) were demonstrating weakness in their handling of the Ukraine crisis.
“We sent Secretary of State John Kerry to London to negotiate with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov – that’s like sending a cupcake to negotiate with a steak knife,” he said.
Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said there was “a real failure of leadership” in the West.
“We’ve ignored the security issues that are inherent in Ukraine not being part of NATO after the Europeans rejected it in 2008, so after five years of failing to even think about this issue we’re now seeing the consequences,” he said.
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