Actions to Take on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis this Week
This week, the transatlantic relationship has been strained by ongoing efforts to present a united front in response to Moscow, and Germany’s role may prove pivotal in the weeks to come. GMF experts offer three concrete policy recommendations for leaders in Washington, Berlin, and Brussels to navigate the ongoing crisis.
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For Washington, DC
Pressure Germany to step up its efforts, particularly with regard to potential sanctions and concrete steps on Nord Stream 2. But it is important not to undermine the alliance. Criticizing Germany for its shortcomings is necessary, but this is not the time for bashing members of the alliance. Unity is critical.
Support for Eastern European allies is critical. If Germany cannot support weapon deliveries to Ukraine, it must demonstrate its seriousness in addressing regional security in other ways, particularly through NATO. This should include providing added capabilities and personnel for Eastern European allies (even if it stretches the NATO-Russia Founding Act). Berlin must also not inhibit other allies from sending military aid to Ukraine even if it originated in Germany, such as the material Estonia plans to send to Kyiv.
For the EU
Do not let it be the United States’ job alone to secure gas supplies to Europe. Russia has threatened cutting off energy supplies if Nord Stream 2 is cancelled, alongside other sanctions. Washington is actively seeking remedies to this risk, including with its international energy competitors. The EU should take the lead in the effort to secure other gas supplies and use public diplomacy to alleviate fears in the public about a cold winter and rocketing energy prices, which might undermine willingness for a strong response.