Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Macedonia, Iraq and Poland, says sanctions against Russia could alienate one of the world superpowers.
“That means 20 years of trying to work with Russia down the drain,” he said.
Hill said he doesn’t know if Russia will stay in Crimea. If the nation is dismembered, the western part of Ukraine would “gallop” to align with Europe, which Russia doesn’t want, Hill said.
Russia may be hoping the new Ukraine government will form a government that respects Russia.
“The hope is that Kiev will understand Russia has an interest in this,” Hill said. “It is a time for diplomacy. ... We really need to stay in touch with Moscow. We need to really step up the diplomacy right now.”