I was against the sanctions on SA back in the day also. Cuba was sort of became ridiculous also considering our friends and allies wouldn't keep them. I think business and trade, of a good type, is better in the long run than wars, proxy, real, or cold. Particularly between nuclear powers.
Crimea was Russian, the people voted (even the Cassock minority) (interestingly how the UN and us don't accept those people voting but let Scotland vote etc,) so let them have it. Let the Ukrainians, and who ever else, move out to the Ukraine proper with some kind of payment. End the conflict in Ukraine conflict with a treaty. Once the region is stable and starts to prosper, maybe, our puppets and Russian puppets, remember "FUCK THE EU" by our diplomats, will go away and they might get elect honest, local politicians? Who knows? Some people are used to corruption and desire strong-man leaders. Who am I to say what type of political system they have or must 'nation-build.' maybe we could use the Muslim threat (and to an extent the Chinese threat) and a way to unite Western Nations, and Russia- instead of allowing it, and Russia, to divide us more. Fight the common-enemy instead.
Yes, but what does any of your geopolitical diatribe have to do with sanctions being in place against Russia; The Trump campaign getting specific Ukraine help removed from the 2016 RNC platform, just coinciding with members of Trump's campaign getting all cosy with Putin. Have you noticed how much Trump's lackeys seem very enamoured with all things Russian? Funny that.
And Tillerson bypasses NATO ministers because after all, why would the American Sec of State possibly have any business speaking to representatives of the rest of NATO, when he's got far more in common with a murderous asshole in Moscow?