Shimkus: Time To Support Allied Action In Russia
Congressman John Shimkus says the US and Russia are in another Cold War. The Republican said he’s prepared to vote on military action to support Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists.
Shimkus says U.S.-imposed sanctions are having a significant impact, but he believes Russian leaders don’t care.
“The President’s done well in talking about Article 5 protection under the NATO treaty for those who are NATO allies, and I would seriously consider moving allied troops into the countries of Georgia and Ukraine based on their request," he said.
Ukraine is a NATO partner, but not a member of the alliance. Hundreds of people have died in fighting in Ukraine since a cease-fire was signed last month. That’s according to the United Nations.
Shimkus is a delegate to the NATO parliamentary assembly.
The Collinsville Republican faces Mahomet Democrat Eric Thorsland in his bid for re-election next month.