UHV Political Science Professor comments on Russia invading the Ukraine

Russia invading Ukdraine reaction

VICTORIA, Texas – On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Russia invaded the Ukraine and dropped missile strikes, declaring war. President Joe Biden said last week that the U.S. was ready to respond with sanctions if Russia made an attack on the Ukraine. On Thursday, Feb. 24, President Biden responded saying he is limiting exports to Russia. In addition, Biden will send additional stronger sanctions and has joined forces with other allies.

“For months we’ve been building a coalition of partners representing well more than half the global economy. 27 members of the European union, including France, Germany, Italy, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and many others to amplify the joint impact of our response,” said President Biden.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, UHV Associate Professor of Political Science Craig Goodman said the U.S. has been involved for a long time. Since the Cold War, the Ukraine has expressed their intention to join NATO and Russia has been against this intent. According to Goodman, Biden is trying to rally international support and wants to put pressure on Russia to reverse course.

Goodman added that Russia’s limitations on importing and exporting goods is still significant.

“The thing with sanctions is they usually take time before they work. I mean this is a pretty significant set of sanctions by cutting off the gas pipeline from Russia to western Europe. Limiting Russia’s ability to export goods, limiting Russia’s ability to import goods,” said Goodman.

According to Goodman, this is a really difficult position for any leader to respond. Especially, when both countries have nuclear weapons. While taking into account how China and North Korea interpret this event, then adding the pandemic on top of it.

“And again you put the backdrop of Covid and everything else that’s going on,” he said. “It’s a really difficult situation for any political leader to navigate right now.”

Furthermore, Goodman said sanctions usually take a long time before they work.

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