Lawmakers Urge Strong Stance Against Putin

Members of Congress on Sunday urged President Obama to take a strong stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military presence in Crimea, a province in Ukraine strategically important to Russia.

“Putin’s trying to make a new Russian empire and we should stand up,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said that the United States needs to stop Putin from gaining control over Crimea.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Putin is winning right now, and will not back down.

“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) warned that the world is only a couple days away from an international crisis.