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US Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

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(NBC) -- Obama administration hits Russia with a new round of sanctions. The Obama administration on Monday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia over the standoff in Eastern Ukraine, targeting seven Russian government officials and 17 companies linked to Russia President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The sanctions also will freeze military-technology exports. The European Union will impose similar sanctions in the next day or two. Bottom line: These sanctions represent the United States’ decision to continue to go slow -- in order to remain united with a Europe that’s more economically tied to Russia -- rather than ramp up tougher unilateral sectoral sanctions that might not have Europe’s support right now. It’s a decision that has its detractors, something the president has acknowledged but also defended. “We’re going to be in a stronger position to deter Mr. Putin when he sees that the world is unified and the United States and Europe is unified, rather than this is just a U.S.-Russian conflict,” Obama said on Sunday. “If we, for example, say we’re not going to allow certain arms sales to Russia -- just to take an example -- but every European defense contractor backfills what we do, then it’s not very effective.” Nevertheless, the New York Times reported over the weekend that there’s a split inside the Obama administration on whether it’s better to keep a united front with Europe, or act unilaterally with the assumption that Europe will eventually follow.

Poll: 61% say U.S. should be less actively involved in world affairs

But if you wanted to know why Obama probably won’t get punished by American voters for going slow on Russian sanctions, check out these results from a poll for the United Nations Foundation (conducted by GOP pollster Bill McInturff and Dem pollster Geoff Garin): 61% of Americans say the U.S. should be LESS actively involved in world affairs. That percentage is up from the 55% who said this in 2008 and the 51% who said this in 2007. And here’s Obama at a news conference in the Philippines today: “Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. And the question I think I would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget? And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished?” The president’s foreign policy stances, while unpopular with some hawks (a majority of whom dominate the overall foreign policy debate in Washington and New York), is actually in line with where the public is at. In fact, a more hawkish foreign policy, while more popular in the Acela corridor, as polling indicates might actually become a bigger political problem outside the national security intelligentsia circle.

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