U.S. Lawmakers Urge Pre-Emptive Sanctions, Ukraine Arms To Deter Putin

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Pre-Emptive Sanctions, Ukraine Arms To Deter Putin

Andrew H. Sweet

After a weekend visit to Ukraine, the three lawmakers -- all military veterans -- said they were convinced Putin was serious about an attack, as tens of thousands of troops amassed near the Ukrainian border.

Representative Seth Moulton, a Democrat, told reporters, "If Putin invades, I want him to know that he'll have trouble buying a soda from a vending machine in the next five minutes, not that NATO will convene a conference to debate what to do next over the ensuing several weeks."

Representative Mike Waltz, a Republican, said the United States should already impose sanctions over destabilization. He urged the Biden administration to cut through red tape and immediately deliver weapons to Ukraine, including air defense missiles.

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