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Sen. Coats Calls For More Sanctions On Russia

Posted On March 25, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana)

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana)

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) is continuing his criticism of Russia’s annexing of Ukraine’s Crimean region.

The Republican who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday that the U.S. and allies must broaden sanctions against Russia. He has filed an amendment to the Ukrainian aid bill in the Senate that would sanction Rosoboronexport.

Rosoboronexport is the only state agency for export of Russian weapons systems and defense-related goods, Coats said. His amendment would prohibit the U.S. from doing any business with the agency and terminate any existing contracts.

“Taking steps to meaningfully obstruct Rosoboronexport’s work and the revenue it provides the Russian state is among the most effective ways we can condemn Putin’s recent aggression,” Coats said in a statement.

He added that this specific sanction will harm Russian interests in a serious way without damaging America’s economy.

“This is one of many steps we must take to show that Russia’s invasion of the Crimea region is unacceptable,” said Coats.

Last week, Coats was among a number of U.S. officials who had sanctions placed on them by Russia, including being banned from entering the country. The Hoosier senator had co-authored a resolution supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and condemning Russian military action there.

Coats responded with a series of tongue-in-cheek Twitter posts about the ban. They included:

Meanwhile, Coats’ counterpart, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), last week traveled to Ukraine and other countries with fellow members of Congress. According to Donnelly’s office, the delegation met with new Ukrainian government leaders including Prime Minister Yatsenyuk to discuss the importance of promoting Ukraine’s sovereignty and stability while the U.S. considers further sanctions on Russia.

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