Lucinda Creighton: US, Britain and and EU must unite in an allied pushback against Russian aggression

An uncertain US acting alone, a divided EU watching from the sidelines and Britain on its own path plays into Putin’s hands

As Putin escalated his military presence on Europe’s borders last week, Ukraine appealed once again for support from western allies in the form of defensive weapons. Most of Europe failed to respond. Picture: AP

It is increasingly difficult to decide whether the US has a strategy when it engages with Russia about the serious threat the latter poses in eastern Europe.

On the one hand, US president Joe Biden’s administration condemns the mobilisation of troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. On the other, it equivocates about its preparedness to act in the event that Russia encroaches on Ukrainian territory.

The US has initiated talks ...