The recent decision by G-7 leaders to suspend operations of the Group of Eight (G-8) due to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is a good start. President Obama also must continue efforts to suspend Russia from all involvement with the NATO-Russia Council and the G-20. The enormity of Putin’s crime must be recognized with an appropriate response. He has rejected all modern standards of responsible international behavior and trampled on the sanctity of the territorial borders so vital to the stability of the post-war order.
Our response must be much more vigorous if we are to prove that Putin’s behavior is unacceptable and cannot be repeated. A strong response now is the best way by far to reassure our allies and friends precariously placed on Russia’s borders that this outrage must stop.
The outcome in Ukraine is critically important both to American credibility and to the future of the international order, and our actions should reflect that. We must do more.
Dan Coats is a Republican senator from Indiana.