Even though it will impact their economies, both the United States and Europe need to show a long-term commitment to sanctioning Russia, especially if its parliament takes steps to recognized the Crimean referendum vote, urged Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Corker (R., Tenn.).
Corker criticized the “air of permissiveness” put forth by the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry over the past two weeks, since Russia invaded that part of Ukraine. “It shows a wishy-washiness that we do not as a nation, at this point, need to show,” he said.
Warning that Russia could move forward in other parts of Ukraine or other countries in the region, he called on the U.S. and Europe to stand by the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which protected the political independence of Ukraine. “This is a defining moment for us and for Europe,” Corker said. “We need to be strong and we need to do it over the long term.”