U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s Statement on President Biden’s Response to Russian Actions in Ukraine Senator Commends President Biden for his Decisive Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. [02/22/22]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) released the following statement on President Biden’s response to Russian actions in Ukraine:

“As we face the worst threat of war in Europe since World War II, President Biden has laid out a strong, comprehensive approach to Vladimir Putin’s indefensible violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and international law. 

“Under President Biden’s leadership, the United States and our NATO allies are united in opposing Russian aggression against a sovereign democratic nation. I support the Biden administration’s move to deter further brazen aggression by imposing punishing sanctions on Russia. By rallying our allies and working together with them, we are sending a clear message to Putin about the costs of continuing his illegal and unjustified invasion.

“We should continue using all of the diplomatic, political, and financial tools available to end this crisis. I commend President Biden for his commitment to keeping U.S. troops out of Ukraine and continuing to leave open a path to diplomacy to resolve these issues without the terrible loss of life that will occur if Putin insists on pushing forward with his abhorrent plans.”