Sen. Coats Wants Stricter Russian Sanctions
July 16, 2014 — Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of additional sanctions against Russian banks and energy and defense firms:
“I support President Obama’s announcement of additional sanctions on Russian firms, but we still must do more to ensure Putin does not escalate the conflict in Ukraine. Putin must understand his actions in Ukraine are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Until now, the administration’s response to Putin’s aggression has given him little reason to change his behavior. Continuing to go after the Russian economy is the way to send the most effective message.”
On March 11, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution authored by Senators Coats and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and condemn recent Russian military aggression. On March 24, Coats introduced an amendment to sanction Russia’s Rosoboronexport, the sole state agency for export of Russian weapons systems and defense-related goods. Additionally, Coats and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) led a bipartisan letter to President Obama calling for sanctions against Rosoboronexport. Coats also introduced legislation that would ensure that the United States does not recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea or take any action that would imply such recognition.