Russia and Australia should forge a pragmatic relationship
The World Post
Place of publication
New York, NY, USA
Huffington Post Media Group; The Berggruen Institute on Governance
On May 21, 2014, as reported by David Wroe in Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tightened sanctions against Russia. Wroe writes, "38 people would be subject to asset freezes and travel bans, bringing the total to 50. And for the first time, the sanctions will also be applied to 11 Russian companies," including SMP Bank, Bank Rossiya and the Volga Group. The sanctions aim to follow the United States and other Australian allies in their contention that Russia is intervening in Ukraine's internal affairs, and causing a breakup of the country following President Putin's annexation of Crimea.
While there is little doubt that Russia is intervening in Ukraine, the moral outrage being exhibited on the matter needs to be tempered with some broader perspective on what gets tolerated in the annals of Australian foreign policy...