In their own styles and accents, the different western capitals are in fact singing the same tune.
Their tune carries two key messages. On the one hand, the West flaunts the counter-threat of heavy sanctions in the case of Russian aggression. The French were the first, or among the first, to speak of "massive consequences". On the other hand, it offers Putin a political way out in case he realizes that his hand is not as strong as he had initially thought. Observers as well as political leaders have pointed to apparent cracks in the united front between the US and Europe.