Ex-NATO Commander Urges President Biden to Take Action against Putin and His Inner Circle

by Jessica

Former NATO commander James Stavridis has issued a fiery call for President Joe Biden’s sanctions against Russia to aim directly at Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, targeting his wealth, and travel privileges, and even calling for his indictment in an international criminal court.

As reported by The Hill on Sunday, February 25, 2024, Stavridis emphasized the need for the sanctions to have a personal impact on Putin, signaling a significant escalation in the ongoing tensions between the United States and Russia.

“These sanctions need to target Putin personally, they need to go after his wealth, his ability… and his friends and his family to travel in the world,” Stavridis declared.

“He needs to be indicted in an international criminal court. We need to personalize these sanctions.”

Stavridis’s remarks come in the wake of President Biden’s announcement of over 500 new sanctions against Russia, following the recent death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and marking two years since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Agreeing with Biden’s assessment of the Kremlin’s involvement in Navalny’s death, Stavridis stressed the urgency of providing additional aid to Ukraine, particularly in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.

“That’s a personal tragedy because Alexei Navalny was a man of immense integrity and honor, a believer in democracy and liberty,” Stavridis remarked.

“But, it’s also an indication to the West, of how confident, how strong Vladimir Putin feels he is.”

However, despite the pressing need for action, the U.S. Congress has faced internal strife over providing military aid to Ukraine.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for urgent action from House Speaker Mike Johnson to pass a national security spending package to allocate $60 billion to Ukraine.

Yet, Johnson has resisted, insisting on including border security measures favored by House Republicans.

This deadlock has stalled progress on crucial legislation, leaving Ukraine vulnerable in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

As tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Russia, Stavridis’s impassioned plea for personalized sanctions against Putin underscores the high stakes involved in the geopolitical standoff and the urgent need for decisive action to address Russian aggression.

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