Cruz ‘Encouraged’ By Sanctions But Still Wants Missiles In Eastern Europe

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday said that the sanctions against Russia announced by the Obama administration were not enough to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

“Beyond sanctions and aid to Ukraine, the most important thing we could be doing right now, with respect to Russia, is installing anti-ballistic missiles in Eastern Europe,” Cruz told the Washington Post. “Look, I’m encouraged the sanctions are moving forward, and I hope they can be implemented quickly, before Russian officials can move their assets. … Any sign of admonition is encouraging. But it is not enough.”

Cruz, who has been pushing for missiles in Eastern Europe since the beginning of the month along with a few of his Republican colleagues, told the Post that “appeasement has not worked” with Putin.

“After more than five years of being unwilling to stand up to Putin and Russian aggression, it is time for the United States to honor our commitments to our friends,” he said.

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