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 US may stiffen sanctions against Russia over Crimea, Donbas, - U.S. Congress member

The strengthening of sanctions against Russia and provision of military assistance to Ukraine may come as America's response to the occupation of Crimea and Russia's role in the situation in the Donbas, according to United States Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

She announced it during the 2016 Ukraine in Washington Forum organized by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, Censor.NET reports citing Holos Ameryky.

According to her, the role of the U.S. Congress is not only to preserve sanctions against Russia but also to strengthen them in view of Crimea's annexation and invasion of eastern Ukraine.

She also noted that sanctions may be applied both in the energy and financial sectors, while America's military support for Ukraine and training should continue.

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He believes it was a mistake. If Ukraine had been accepted, Putin's current aggression would not be so powerful, the politician points out.

Kurt Volker, the executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, says there is a full-fledged military conflict in Ukraine, which should be resolved by military means.

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The members of the United States Congress reiterated their joint stance on rendering support for Ukraine irrespective of who will become next U.S. president.

In turn, leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev said that Russia had turned the peninsula into a powerful military base, and the reinstatement of Crimea by force was a bad idea as it would completely destroy the peninsula.

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