Mass. Congressman In Favor of Russian Sanctions

The European Union is imposing new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Tuesday’s decision by the 28-nation bloc came days after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, . Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern says he supports sanctions the US already has in place against Russia, even if they take some time to have an effect.

“Look, there are no quick fixes here,” McGovern says. “Let’s make sure we proceed in a way that holds those responsible to account, that helps persuade the Russians to be more reasonable, but doesn’t make things worse.”

McGovern says one solution he doesn’t agree with is sending arms to the Ukrainian government, which has been suggested by some lawmakers, including Arizona Senator John McCain.

“The last thing we need to do is ratchet this crisis up to an all out arms race in that part of the world. I don’t think that’s the answer. Putin is not behaving rationally or reasonably, he’s behaving like a thug. But we need to figure out a way to solve this without making the crisis worse.”

The latest sanctions handed down by the E-U include banning visas for some Russian officials and freezing their assets.