U.S. Senator: Strong Hand Needed To Deal With Putin, Islamic State

PRAGUE — U.S. Senator Roger Wicker says “freedom-loving” countries have to be united and firm in responding to both an aggressive Russia and the rise of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Wicker (Republican-Mississippi) said in an interview with RFE/RL’s Arbana Vidishiqi in Prague on July 4 that the world’s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine must include “resolve and a show of strength.”

Wicker, the co-chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, said that Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support of separatist forces in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine violate “almost every principle” from the Helsinki Accords, as well as the UN Charter.

He said it is important for the “free world” to “stand firm and speak the truth and let the rest of the world know that we recognize the actions of Mr. Putin for what they are.”

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