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Senator Calls Russian Sanctions ‘Too Little, Too Late’

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, says new sanctions the Obama administration announced Monday against Russia should be a starting point for harsher measures.

Coats says he’s worried the President’s actions are “too little, too late.

Photo: Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana

Coats says he’s worried the President’s actions are “too little, too late."

The Obama administration’s new sanctions freeze the assets and impose visa bans on some members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle while halting exports that might aid the Russian military.

The sanctions are in response to Russia’s continued aggression in the Ukraine.

Senator Dan Coats says while he’s encouraged by the latest action, he thinks a lack of what he describes as a forceful response up to now will give Russia little reason to expect punishment for further aggression.

Coats says he is working on legislation that would impose heavy financial and economic sanctions on Russia.

The Indiana senator has also called for the United States to help strengthen a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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