STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Congressman Ron Kind does not support sending U.S. forces into Ukraine to support them or defend against further Russian aggression.
Kind says it’s not in America’s best interest. “I would not expect, nor would I support any use of U.S. military action over Crimea or Ukraine. It does not rise to the level of imminent national security threat towards our country or towards our citizens.”
Kind supports the actions being taken by President Barack Obama, and believes the sanctions will work. “I think the President is taking a calibrated approach, increasing the tools that he has available, both diplomatic and economic to isolate Putin in Russia, and to try to help them do the right thing, and that’s comply with international law rather than this twentieth-century cold war power play that Putin is playing right now.”
The 3rd District Democrat from La Crosse believes Obama is trying to convince Vladimir Putin to back down by political and economic pressure, but admits he needs the support of our European allies. “I think the President is trying to give President Putin some off ramps in order to save face, and to do the right thing here, so, he’s going to be ramping up the diplomatic and economic tools that available, the more Russia ramps up their bullying behavior in the region, but we can’t do it alone. We’ve got to have support in the international community.”
Kind commented on the Ukraine and Crimea situation, along with Obamacare, the national debt, and several other issues during a listening session with about 65 residents at the Lincoln Center in Stevens Point Tuesday.