While Russian troops are in the occupied territories of Ukraine and Georgia, the United States must constantly increase sanctions pressure on Moscow. US Senator Tom Cotton stated this at a conference in Washington regarding challenges from the Russian Federation, reports Voice of America.
"Today, Ukraine and Georgia cannot take the path of joining NATO while Russian troops are on their territory, so our immediate and primary goal should be to increase pressure on Russia make it leave these lands. So that it will leave the Crimea to Ukraine and leave Eastern Ukraine And Northern Georgia," the legislator said.
He stressed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a clear statement in Hamburg that "sanctions against Russia, no matter how moderate, will remain in effect as long as Russian troops and the militants supported by them are on Ukrainian land."
At the same time, Cotton stressed that pressure on Russia should continue not only because of its aggression against neighboring states, but also because of its attempts to destabilize the Western world.
"Of course, Russia is trying to destabilize and divide the West, which is what they have been doing for decades," Cotton said. In this regard, he recalled Moscow's funding of mass protests in the United States in 1983 against medium-range and shorter-range missiles in Europe. In addition, he noted, the interference took place in the US and Western Europe elections.
"This is what Russia is doing, and we must respond resolutely to these provocations," the US senator said.
As it was reported earlier US Senate amended anti-Russian sanctions bill. Amended version was submitted to the House of Representatives for consideration.