Sen. Dan Coats Calls Russia a ‘Bully’ in Ukraine Crisis

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March 10, 2014 — Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) is speaking out on the anti-government crisis in Ukraine.

Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, today joined Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to discuss Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. He alluded to punishment for Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

“We want to work with the president and our European allies to send a very strong message to Russia,” Coats says. “There needs to be a price paid by this bully who has taken over the playground.”

Coats and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) last week introduced a resolution to isolate and punish Russia.

The sanctions include expelling Russia from the G-8, downgrading U.S. diplomatic representation and calling on FIFA to reconsider its decision to place World Cup 2018 matches in Russia.

The senator also addressed Edward Snowden’s recent remarks to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive conference.

While discussing the leak of classified documents by former National Security Agency contractor, Coats said, “Instead of taking classified information to inspectors general, congressmen or senators, he took it to China and Russia — our adversaries who can use this information against us.”

A clip of the interview is posted on Coats’ YouTube account.


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