President Obama’s effort to refocus U.S. attention to the Asia-Pacific region is falling short, a new report by the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warns.
A new report comes days before President Obama travels to the region.
“What would you need Alaska for?” Putin said with a smile.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said NATO members needed to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense in order to stop Russia from invading neighboring countries.
“Considering what President Putin is doing right now in Ukraine, it is more important than ever for every NATO ally to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense,” McCain said.
The exchange appeared to be designed to embarrass the United States.
"It's all nonsense," Putin said.
Obama says Russia realizes U.S. military is "significantly superior."
The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will travel to Ukraine next week amid signs that tension with Russia is increasing.
The State Department warned travelers to "defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine."
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she is drafting legislation that would place U.S. sanctions on Russia’s banks and energy sector.
“The administration should not delay any longer in imposing immediate and severe sanctions on Russia's banking and financial sector,” Ayotte said Tuesday. “We must act now — before it's too late.”