Fallout from the Sea of Azov. In response to the dust-up in the Kerch Strait this weekend, Ukraine has imposed martial law in the areas that border Russia. It will last for 30 days. The government in Kiev has put troops in eastern Donbass on high alert, and it has stopped Russian citizens from crossing the border with Crimea. Russia has yet to officially announce its position, noting only that it wanted to restore contacts with NATO. European governments, meanwhile, have reacted with their customary rhetoric. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced today that Europe may need to impose more sanctions on Russia. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said further sanctions would depend partly on how Russia and Ukraine move forward. France, however, may have issued the most honest response: It acknowledged that it’s impossible to discuss major international problems without Russia.
Italy on a path toward compromise. The Italian government insists that it will maintain its 2019 bud