The Ukrainian people want and deserve a unified, stable, secure, and prosperous country free from Russian interference. The tenuous cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists appears to be holding for the moment. However, I am concerned about reports from NATO that Russian troops remain inside eastern Ukraine with some 20,000 amassed along the border. Russia has been on the offensive since its forces began the illegal annexation of Crimea in late February.
It is important that we send a clear, unified signal with our European partners: there are consequences for Russia’s continued aggression. Additional sanctions may be necessary if President Putin continues to flout his public commitments and fails to work towards peace. All sides must come to the table to work towards a lasting, negotiated solution to this conflict.