By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s congressional delegation is calling on President Joe Biden to issue strong sanctions against Russia for its Monday invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into two separatist regions of eastern Ukraine on Monday after previously recognizing their independence.
All three of Wyoming’s delegates, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, demanded Biden sanction Putin and Russia for these actions. Biden was expected to address the issue during an appearance Tuesday afternoon.
“Russia has invaded Ukraine. The Biden Administration and our allies must impose full set of crippling sanctions now,” Cheney tweeted Monday night on her congressional Twitter account.
She followed up with a post on her personal account in which she criticized the decision to move U.S. Department of State employees from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to Poland, calling it a “disgraceful abandonment.”
“America cannot defend our own freedom and security if we betray our allies and commitments around the world,” she said. “Full and crippling sanctions must be implemented against Putin and Russia immediately.”
Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler would not specify whether Cheney would support intervention in Ukraine by American troops, instead referring Cowboy State Daily to the congresswoman’s tweets.
Barrasso also took to Twitter on Tuesday, saying this was not the time for Biden to be weak or indecisive.
“Putin is illegally trying to take over parts of Eastern Ukraine and ordering Russian troops to roll in. Putin is a predator who wants to put together the old Soviet Union. If he’s not stopped, it won’t end with Ukraine,” Barrasso said. “President Biden must respond with crippling sanctions on Russia immediately. The world is watching – especially China. If Putin gets away with this, it will embolden China to move against Taiwan.”
Barrasso spokeswoman Laura Mengelkamp told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that Barrasso did not support putting U.S. troops on the ground in Russia, but has consistently called for the United States to help provide Ukrainians with first-class weapons and lethal military equipment they need to defend themselves against Russian aggression.
Also calling for a United States response on Twitter was Lummis.
“Our failure to impose consequences on Russia’s aggression is a key reason why Vladimir Putin felt emboldened to invade in the first place,” Lummis said. “President Biden should do now what he has failed to do before: help Europe isolate Russia. We should continue to provide military assistance, and must support our allies in the region as they present a united front against Russia.”
Lummis spokeswoman Abegail Cave did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s question about whether she supported intervention by U.S. troops.