Reading David Ignatius’s Aug. 20 op-ed column, “Crafting a policy for Russia,” brought to mind that the United States is attempting nothing positive to solve the problem with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Why not approach him to form an alliance to battle the Islamic State? Russia opposes Islamist terrorists in Chechnya and could soon face them elsewhere along its borders. U.S. allies in Europe do not seem willing to take an aggressive stance against the Islamic State, even though they would appear to be a prime target for that terrorist group.

Tightening sanctions against Russia alone will not give us what we want. Diverting Russia’s attention to a serious threat would be a wise effort and could encourage it to be more cooperative with Ukraine.

Jay Brown, Charlottesville