WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) released the following statement in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Over the weekend, Senator Tuberville attended the Munich Security Conference with a bipartisan delegation to discuss tensions in Eastern Europe.
“As we’ve seen from Putin’s aggression, strongly-worded statements don’t stop wars. Rather than discuss a diplomatic resolution, Putin chose to invade Ukraine and test world order. His actions must be met with a tough and targeted response.
“For 80 years, Americans have sacrificed to bring security and peace to the European continent. The events of the past 24 hours underscore that it is time for Europe to contribute more to its own security. The United States should support Ukraine and provide assistance to Ukraine’s military through weapons and funding for emergency equipment while leveling tough and targeted sanctions to halt Russian escalations and cripple Russia’s economy. The incremental sanctions issued by President Biden today are a weak response – the time to have imposed harsh sanctions was yesterday.
“Allies and adversaries across the globe are watching and they must be left with no doubt about our strength and resolve. Strength abroad starts with strength at home through investments in our military readiness and 21st century capabilities. We must be ready for future conflicts and refrain from having American bloodshed in fights without American interests.
“I call on my colleagues in the U.S. Senate and our allies to ensure Russia pays a heavy price for Putin’s aggression.“
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.