With this latest blow to peace, is it time to rethink the place of the Quartet—the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations—in the peace process?
Have the group’s actions over the past decade been beneficial or detrimental to the quest for peace? And, if the Quartet should not be the one to shepherd the process along, then who should be? Khaled Elgindy addresses these questions in this Saban Center Analysis paper.
[Trump] didn't say one word about Ukraine and he had to be briefed on this stuff. The only person to say that the United States says the annexation of Crimea wasn't legal and disagrees with Russia was the president of Russia. The overall contrast [with Trump's criticisms of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the EU earlier in the trip] coupled with Trump's inability to say Russia had done anything to contribute to the downturn of US-Russia relations, either way it's scary. Either he forgot there's a problem or he wasn't willing. He would have had no problem listing his grievances against Germany, but against Putin, he's not capable of saying anything.