April 15, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after the Biden Administration imposed new measures, including sanctions and the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats from the U.S., in response to Russia’s buildup of Russian military forces in and around Ukraine, interference in the 2020 U.S. elections and the SolarWinds cyber-attack:
“I welcome tough measures against Russia—but I am disappointed that the Biden administration’s announcement did not include new measures to halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Unfortunately, sanctions and diplomacy alone, without a strong U.S. national defense, will not deter further aggression.
“Just like China, Russia is using all levers of power to impose its will. Putin’s current military buildup in the Black Sea region, which EUCOM Commander General Wolters called ‘of great concern,’ attempts to bully Ukraine, distracts from Russian domestic turmoil and reflects the hard reality of Russia’s willingness to use force to achieve political objectives.
“Though the administration’s actions send the right signal, President Biden is contradicting this message by cutting the defense budget. Giving our military the right resources ensures we can fully implement the 2018 National Defense Strategy, support the right force posture and underwrite diplomatic engagement from a position of strength.”