In a statement, GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said: “Vladimir Putin is seizing a neighboring territory, again, so President Obama must lead a meaningful, unified response with our European allies to bring an immediate halt to these provocative Russian actions, which threaten international peace and security.
“The Russian government has felt free to intervene militarily in Ukraine because the United States, along with Europe, has failed to make clear there would be serious, potentially irreparable consequences to such action.”
Rep. Tom Cotton, R-of Ark., said Obama should respond “at a minimum” with several steps: “revoke travel visas and freeze assets of senior Russian officials and Putin cronies, freeze assets of Ukrainian oligarchs who assist the Russian invasion, stop transfers of assets out of Ukraine, support the Ukrainian transitional government and military as it defends Ukraine’s territorial integrity, recall our ambassador to Russia, reschedule the upcoming G8 meeting from Russia to Western Europe or the U.S., and suspend Russia from the G8.
“Putin must be punished for his outlaw actions, and the Russian people and elites must recognize they will pay a price for them,” Cotton said in a statement.
Miller, who served in the Ukraine from 1993 to 1998, is now a senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. He told Newsmax that the 1994 Budapest Memorandum — whose signers included President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister John Major, and Russian President Boris Yeltsin — required the U.S. and Britain to protect Ukraine.
The memorandum required the country to destroy its huge nuclear arsenal — bigger than that harbored by Britain, France and China combined — “and it was all aimed at the United States,” Miller said.
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