United States Senate candidate Shane Osborn supports economic sanctions against Russia to stem the Ukrainian crisis.
Osborn, a Republican, says the United States needs to move to replace the energy Europe receives from Russia.
“I think this is a good opportunity for us to start exporting our liquid natural gas,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview. “Now, that will take a while to do, but this could be a great opportunity to help supply Europe, because that’s the leverage the Russians have is that they can shut off the pipelines to many of these European countries.”
The energy ties Europe has to Russia hamper its ability to impose economic sanctions, according to Osborn. He says the U.S. and Europe need to cooperate on economic sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“You need to have diplomacy, but at the same time he needs to take you serious and right now, Putin doesn’t take us serious,” Osborn says. “Because the Syrians don’t take us serious when we let them cross the red line. The Iranians don’t take us serious with this horrible agreement that we did that doesn’t do anything to curtail their uranium enrichment over there and their quest to get a bomb. So, why would Putin take us serious now?”
Osborn says this is no time to consider a military response, because economic sanctions should be enough to stem the aggression of Putin.
“That’s what we hope for. And I think it would hurt Putin right away and it would be something that we need to take action for right now. Kick him out of the G8. Start sending clear signals. If he’s worried about his financing going awry then he’s going to probably make some different choices.”
Osborn, the former state Treasurer, has filed in the Republican primary along with Midland University President Ben Sasse, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, and Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun. Omaha lawyer Dave Domina has filed as a Democrat along with Larry Marvin of Fremont.