Sanctions and Aid as Crimean Situation Continues?

By Abraham Shanedling

As the situation in the Crimea escalates, Members of Congress are pushing for targeted sanctions against Russia and an aid package to Ukraine.

The effort comes after President Obama said Russia would face “costs” for intervening in Ukraine. Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement saying that “Congress will consider targeted sanctions against Russian persons and entities that undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Sen. Corker has been echoed by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who called for “a robust international economic assistance package” for Ukraine.

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