Senator Coats and Donnelly Talk Russia

Published 03/25 2014 08:51PM

Updated 03/26 2014 08:24AM

Could we be headed towards another Cold war with Russia? 

After Russia annexed Crimea, president Obama handed down a series of sanctions against Russia. 

  Locally,  both Indiana Senators stand united in holding Vladimir Putin and Russia accountable for their actions.

“We are trying to make sure that Mr. Putin knows that actions like this are not consequence free,” said Senator Joe Donnelly, (D-Indiana). 

Senator Joe Donnelly just returned from a trip to the Ukraine where he met with local lawmakers and citizens in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea

“I want to make sure that we have a world where our kids and grandkids don't have to worry about Russia’s next decision,” said Senator Donnelly. 

Indiana Republican senator Dan Coats is one of several lawmakers banned from flying to Russia-- in part because of his vocal opposition to Russia’s decision to invade.

“You hit him in the pocket book and you hit him hard, The Russian economy is frail compared to ours,” said Coats. 

Both senators agree,  a strong message must be sent to Russia in the form of sanctions.  Coats  has added an amendment to legislation that will potentially hurt the Russian Economy.

“We have to put a very strong united message in place to Russia and to Putin, saying that we will not tolerate what you've done and we will not allow you to do anything further and you will pay a price for what you did,” said Coats. 

“The stronger we are, the stronger message we send to him and the more he has to think before he takes another step,” said Donnelly. 


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