After the election of Donald Trump as the US President, Russian aggression in the eastern Ukraine has risen considerably. It might mean the Russian President Vladimir Putin feels that Trump is ready to supports Ukraine. Sherrod Brown, US Senator voiced such opinion, reports Voice of America.
“A big Ukrainian community in Ohio and all over the world understands from its experience what kind of treat Russian aggression represents. We have to tighten, not to lift sanctions against Russia. And American President, deciding on policy regarding Russia has to cooperate with US Congress that knows well its enemies and their behavior,” he said.
Brown’s colleague, Mike Crapo believes that easing sanctions will only result in the increase of Moscow’s aggression.
“Any sanctions relaxation when there were no changes in Russia’s behavior will be regarded as the change of US policy towards Russia’s invasion to Ukraine. This violates international law and will give Russia the green light for further violations,” he says.
Opposed to their opinion Elizabeth Rozenberg, director of programs in American Defense Center, claims that imposing new sanctions will be too much of an aggressive next step.
“I think there is a whole other further step that could be considered before imposing new sanctions against Putin,” she said.
Earlier it was reported that EU extended sanctions against violators of territorial integrity of Ukraine. Deceased separatists Tsypkalov and Pavlov aka "Motorola" were removed from the list.