On Ukraine, Ayotte Calls For "Clear" American Message To Putin

Feb 24, 2014

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With Ukraine still torn between pro-European and pro-Russian factions, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Obama Administration to take a strong stand against Russia.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ayotte said the so-called “Reset Policy” with President Vladimir Putin had failed.  She pointed out the country’s siding with the Assad regime in Syria, harboring NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and alleged violation of a decades-old nuclear arms treaty.

“Now that the Olympics are over, we need to watch the behavior of the Russians.  And I believe the president needs to up his game and send a clear, unequivocal public message to Putin not to interfere in what is happening in Ukraine," Ayotte said.  "To let the Ukrainian people determine their future, to ensure that there is no interference in their sovereignty, and I think that this is an important time for him to do that.”

She agreed with Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin that the US could bring political and economic pressure to bear on Russia.