What Happens When A Real President Confronted Putin

In yet another crowning foreign policy achievement for Obama, Putin completed his surrender in the Ukraine in June 2014 as confirmed in a call to Obama.

In a stunning victory for the Obama administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin completed his surrender to the Obama administration, formally requesting the Federal Council rescind its March 1st 2014 resolution authorizing him to use military force in the Ukraine.

As UPI reported at the time: “Putin sent an official address to the Federation Council before he left for an official visit to Vienna. Deputy head of the Federation Council’s International Committee Andrey Klimov said the council had received Putin’s request and repealed the resolution on June 25.”

President Obama and Putin spoke on the phone on about the matter and both Putin’s office and the White house released readouts of the conversation. As The People’s View reported at the time: “Far from his usual chest-thumping macho-man image that our media and the political right are having an orgasm over, Putin was conciliatory towards Ukraine and publicly urged the rebels to back off.”

Putin’s official website reported of the conversation:

“The leaders had a detailed discussion on various aspects of the critical internal crisis in Ukraine and prospects for settling the situation, including implementing the peace plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko. Vladimir Putin stressed that ending military actions and starting direct talks between the conflicting sides would have priority significance for normalizing the situation in the southeast regions. “

So how was the Obama administration able to accomplish this feat?

It appears that Obama’s sanctions against Russia played a key role in Putin’s decision to back down.

The People’s View reported that “These sanctions would be much broader than the limited ones President Obama had imposed before, with evidence that even those limited sanctions are hurting the Russian economy badly – so much so that the Russians planned on whining about them to the WTO. So imagine what could happen when joint sanctions under consideration would broadly hit the Russian energy sector, the very lifeblood of the Russian economy.”

Actually, no need to imagine. As mentioned before, any second grader can do this math. Obama-Putin phone call, reports of serious oil sanctions under consideration, and suddenly Putin folds like a cheap tent, putting out the word that he’s renouncing even the legislative power to use Russian forces in Ukraine. This, my friends, is what happens when you cross the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

This good news comes in the wake of other foreign policy victories for the Obama administration such as 2014’s confirmation by weapons inspectors that Syria handed over all declared chemical and biological weapons to an international inspection team for destruction and the 2014 capture of  Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the masterminds of the Benghazi attack.

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