In order to stop Russia, we need to hit them where it hurts.
Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, endorses the idea.
During an appearance on ABC, Cotton said that in order to stop Putin “it’s time to remove all Russian institutions from the international payment system.” He also would like to “impose sanctions on Putin’s oil and gas exports.”
“There’s a lot more we can do. I first want to join all Arkansans in expressing my prayers and our support for the brave Ukrainians who are repulsing Vladimir Putin’s naked, unprovoked war of aggression. You’ve seen Ukrainian army elements overmatched with armor and airpower repulsing these attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv and other cities. We’ve seen moms with their kids making Molotov cocktails, George — grandmas and grandpas who are reporting to get AKs so they can fight as well. But we can do more than prayers and hashtags and lighting up buildings, George. It’s time for the president and some of our European partners to quit pussyfooting around. The financial sanctions announced last night are riddled with loopholes.”
“I know that they say they’ve sanctioned 80% of the banks in Russia — well, Vladimir Putin controls 100% of the banks in Russia,” Cotton concluded. “He can use the other 20% to continue to finance his war machine. It’s time to remove all Russian financial institutions from the international payment system. It’s time to impose sanctions on his oil and gas exports, which he uses as his primary means of financial support. We need to rush those weapons that were announced for delivery yesterday to the front: anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles, sniper rifles, ammunition, fuel supplies. It should have been done weeks ago, so better late than never. But the Ukrainians no time. They have no time, George. There’s not a minute to lose. And we need to stand with them.”
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