The former secretary-general of NATO did not criticize the French President or the Russian President in his assessment.
In a new interview with the Atlantic, Rasmussen was particularly critical of the suggestion that the West should not humiliate Putin in Ukraine in order to keep the door open for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. He took aim at the failed attempts at telephone diplomacy with Putin.
The UK has been an outstanding partner for the country. The UK is next to the US. This should be seen as a contrast to the efforts of another big European country, namely France, because of the strange statements made by the president about avoiding humiliation of Putin and because of his telephone diplomacy with the Russian president.
France has not delivered a single weapon toUkraine. The scale of French deliveries is comparable to whatDenmark has offered. Britain has been great.
The former NATO chief said that the West "reacted too mildly and we sent the wrong message" to the Russian leader after the invasions of Georgia and Ukraine.
"He calculated that he could grab land from his neighbors without having to pay anything," said Rasmussen. It suggests that the rule of the strongest is more important than the rule of law. It's horrible if Putin can take land from Ukraine.
If Putin is able to get what he wants in Ukraine, it would send a very bad signal to China, according to the man.
If a peace deal is reached between Russia and the Ukrainians, China might see that as an invitation to take Taiwan by force.
This is the reason why Putin shouldn't be offered an exit ramp in the war, and it's also the reason why he should leave Ukraine.
"We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means," he said.
The French leader's comments were not well received by the Ukrainian people.
Call to avoid humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France and every other country that would call for it.