U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) believes action has to be taken against Russia for advancing into the Ukraine, but he doesn’t want to send in American troops.
Durbin says there are other ways to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops out of Crimea, such as economic sanctions and canceling the U.S. appearance at the upcoming G8 conference to be held in Russia. He admits, however, that those options may not have an immediate effect.
“Remember, he just finished the Sochi Olympics, trying to convince the world that Russia was this new, civilized nation—and he destroyed it in the Crimea within hours,” Durbin said. “We have to let him know that the Russians aren’t going to benefit from (the) Sochi Olympics or this new image that they’re trying to project when they act like the thugs that we’ve seen in the past.”
Durbin believes most Americans would not favor sending in troops. NATO forces may be sent in, but Durbin says they would act only as advisors.