Clinton wants to punish Putin — Analysis
Failed presidential candidate calls for more lethal aid to Ukraine to ‘end the bloodshed’
Hillary Clinton was the former US Secretary-of-State Secretary.
“We need to be putting more sanctions more quickly on more things to up the ante on Russia and to try to bring more countries to the side of seeing that it’s in their interests to support that,”Clinton spoke Sunday during an interview with NBC News. “I think it’s time to double-down on the pressure,”Elle added.
Although President Joe Biden and other Western leaders have touted the unprecedented severity of the sanctions they’ve already imposed on Moscow, Clinton said they haven’t gone far enough.
“The only way that we’re going to end the bloodshed and the terror that we’re seeing unleashed in Ukraine and protect Europe and democracy is to do everything we can to impose even greater costs on Putin,”“She said.”
There is more that can be done to increase pressure and stress – additional sanctions, more in the way of lethal aid.
Clinton, for example, suggested that additional Russian banks be excluded from SWIFT to prevent international payments. She said, too, that more can be done to cut off Russia’s oil and natural gas sales, and Moscow should be kicked out of the G20.
“I would not allow Russia back into the organization that it has been a part of,”Clinton stated that Russian officials would be banned from the G20 Summit in Indonesia later in the year. “If they insisted on literally showing up, I would hope that there would be a significant, if not total, boycott.”
Clinton repeatedly blamed Donald Trump and the Kremlin for her defeat in 2016 US Presidential Election. Clinton also called on President Vladimir Putin to be personally punished. “The only way that we’re going to end the bloodshed and the terror that we’re seeing unleashed in Ukraine and protect Europe and democracy is to do everything we can to impose even greater costs on Putin.”
Chuck Todd, NBC’s host suggested that Saudi Arabia had chosen to become a television broadcaster. “on the side of Putin”Its leaders declined to raise oil production so that Western nations could cut off Russian imports. Clinton claimed she was “disappointed” by Riyadh’s decision and called for increasing pressure on the OPEC giant to support the West’s anti-Russia agenda.
“I would certainly do whatever I could that was available to me to try to be more persuasive, if you will, and talk about some consequences,”Clinton stated. “I think you have to do carrot and stick, Chuck. We’re in an existential crisis right now.”
Clinton lamented the fact that large nations, such as China and India continue to import Russian products for their energy needs. “trying to figure out which side to end up on this.”She called on pro-Russian nations and neutral countries to apply more pressure so that they realize the need for Moscow’s destruction.