Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says Congress is united against Russian military moves toward Ukraine.
Fortenberry says Republicans and Democrats alike have been shocked by the developments in the Ukraine.
“Well, the talk in the Capitol is absolute, bipartisan outrage that in this day and time, in the 21st Century, the leader of one of the major super powers would act like a 19th Century ruler,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview.
Fortenberry says Russian President Vladimir Putin must pay a price for threatening Ukraine.
Russia has moved into the Crimea, where unidentified armed men threatened a special envoy for the United Nations. He left the region by air.
The United States has announced it will sent more F-15 fighters and a refueling plane to the region to support F-15s already flying the airspace in the Baltic.
Fortenberry sees Europe as the key. He says Ukraine is a linchpin between Russia and Europe. Europe relies on energy from Russia. Russia needs currency from Europe. Economic sanctions by Europe, supplemented by economic sanctions from the United States could severely hurt the Russian economy.
Europe also has pledged $15 billion in financial aid to the Ukraine. The United States has offered economic aid as well.
“All of these are more than symbols,” according to Fortenberry, “What they’re saying to Putin is if you’re going to try to be a member of the responsible community of nations you must act responsibly or you will pay a price.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]