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(CNN) – With the crisis in Ukraine, global diplomacy is moving quickly. The U.S. sanctioned some Russian and Ukrainian officials by imposing a visa ban, and Russia's foreign minister is meeting john Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome Thursday, after the foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of making the situation worse.
"These sanctions imposed by the U.S. ... it's more of a Washington story. The administration wants to get out ahead of the Congress, otherwise the Congress will get out ahead of the ... administration," said four-time U.S. Ambassador, who most recently served as ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill.
"I don't think these sanctions will have much of an effect on the way the Russians really think about it. I don't think they're coercive in the sense of the Russians will hit the side of the head with the palm of their hands and say, 'Oh boy, we have got to change our ways.' It's more punitive and it's more an effort to show the U.S. isn't just sitting there," said Hill
For more from Christopher Hill, now serving as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, check out the video above.