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Sen. Johnson favors sanctions against Russia

UNDATED (WRN)  U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) says allowing Russian forces to move in to the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is the wrong example for America to set.

The Wisconsin Republicans says it’s a culmination of the U.S. not leading the way and the weakness of President Obama. Johnson says having “a team in the White House that would have been showing far more resolve, far more strength, not leading from behind but actually leading…maybe we could have been speaking to Putin and prevented him from moving into Crimea.”

Johnson says he believes Russia is lying about its motivations for moving troops in to Ukraine and believes their presence could only serve to further destabilize political turmoil in the country.

Johnson says Russia needs to pay a diplomatic price for its actions, which could include withholding visas, freezing assets of Russian officials, and utilizing the banking system to impose harsh economic sanctions.

Johnson says Russia is in violation of treaties and international laws, and “needs to pay a price for this.”

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