Sen. Coats discusses Ukraine situation, U.S. response

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(March 4, 2014) – Sen. Dan Coats wants U.S. allies to put political pressure on Russia as tensions mount in Ukraine.

Coats spoke to FOX59’s Dan Spehler Tuesday. He believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking the wrong approach to restore order in the region by threatening an invasion.

Coats says U.S. allies need to work together and perhaps remove Russia from the powerful G-8.

“This is an opportunity for us to stand up together with the world community to tell the Russians this is simply unacceptable and, through sanctions other measures, make them pay for it,” Coats said.

Coats is calling on lawmakers to come together and develop a plan for dealing with Russia politically. He hopes a solution can be reached without military action.