The West and Iran must stare Putin down and prepare to implement the pact forthwith even without Russia. This is a tailor-made chance for the world to demonstrate graphically just how utterly irrelevant Putin’s toxic ambitions have rendered Russia — by removing him and his country from the community of civilized nations.
This is very much the time to act. Rapid renewal of the JCPOA — with or without a Russian signature — represents an opportunity to strike a major blow at everything Putin stands for, even the foundations of his power and influence. Instead of indispensable, Russia risks becoming a pariah nation — a toxic actor on the world stage.