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Corker Calls for President Obama to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia for Tanks Crossing Into Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on President Obama to impose tough sanctions against Russia now that the U.S. has confirmed Russian tanks crossed the border of Ukraine.

“With Russian tanks having crossed into Ukraine, the president must impose the tough sanctions he promised as the situation on the ground has clearly escalated. None of the minor actions that have been taken so far have changed Putin’s calculus, so a failure to respond vigorously now will have disastrous consequences, not only for Ukraine, but all neighboring countries who face similar threats from Russia,” said Corker.

Senator Corker has introduced legislation as a strategic response to Russian aggression in Europe that would strengthen the NATO alliance, impose tough sanctions to deter further Russian aggression, and provide support to non-NATO partners of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. 

In April, Corker traveled to Ukraine and met with Petro Poroshenko to discuss the future of the country. A month later, he visited Estonia, Romania and Poland to discuss bilateral relations with the U.S and to reemphasize the U.S. commitment to Europe following Russia’s destabilizing actions in Ukraine.