[Ed. – The proposition of excluding Russia from global diplomacy is idiotic to begin with.]
When President Barack Obama and other world leaders gather in Germany next week, Russia’s Vladimir Putin will be left off the guest list, part of his punishment for more than a year of alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine.
But despite vows from Obama and his European counterparts to isolate Putin as long as the crisis in Ukraine remains unresolved, the Russian leader is still a central player in major international affairs, including the U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran.
Just this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Moscow for talks with Putin and Secretary of State John Kerry went to Sochi to confer with the Russian leader. Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron also spoke by phone in recent days and agreed to resume talks aimed at ending Syria’s civil war, another matter where Putin’s cooperation is crucial. …
[S]ome regional analysts say the West risks sending mixed signals to Ukraine, where the government been pushing for more support. Matthew Rojanksy, an expert on the former Soviet states at the Wilson Center, said there is “growing disappointment” in Ukraine about what officials there see as the West’s “pale commitment” to protecting its sovereignty.
“They are all deeply worried that the United States will throw them under the bus to make a grand bargain with Putin,” Rojanksy wrote in an email from Kiev, where he was meeting with government officials and civil society groups.