Cornyn: Russian aggression should dispel Obama’s ‘naïveté’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he hopes Russia’s annexation of Crimea will “dispel” President Obama of his “naïveté” in believing the Russian-U.S. relationship has been “reset.”

The Obama administration had sought to “reset” the relationship with Russia. But Cornyn accused the president of looking weak and ignoring other aggressions from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“Putin has thumbed his nose at the United States and international order,” Cornyn said. “Yet none of that has kept Obama from calling the ‘reset’ with Russia a success.”

Cornyn said that even before Crimea, Russia had threatened to target missile defense sites, vetoed United Nations resolutions on Syria, produced anti-American propaganda, stopped Americans from adopting Russian children and protected U.S. traitor Edward Snowden.

Cornyn said he supported U.S. sanctions against Russians involved in the invasion of Ukraine, but said more needed to be done, such as increasing natural gas exports to Europe and placing sanctions against Russian military manufacturer, Rosoboronexport.

Cornyn said those ideas should be included and debated as amendments to S. 2124, the Ukraine aid package being considered by the Senate.

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