Clinton says we have to stand up to Putin’s bullying and take more of a leadership position regarding Syria.
“But what Secretary Carter is looking at is the constant pressure that Russia’s putting on our European allies. The way that Russia is trying to move the boundaries of the post World War II Europe, the way that he is trying to set European countries against one another, seizing territory, holding it in Crimea, beginning to explore whether they could make some inroads in the Baltic’s. We know that they are deeply engaged in supporting Assad because they want to have a place in the Middle East. They have a naval base, they have an air base in Syria; they want to hang on to that. And I think what Secretary Carter is seeing and I’m glad he is is that we’ve got to get NATO back working for the common defense. We’ve got to do more to support our partners in NATO and we have to send a very clear message to Putin that this kind of belligerence, this kind of testing of boundaries will have to be responded to and the best way to do that is to put more armor in, put more money from the Europeans in so they’re actually contributing more to their own.”
“There’s no doubt that when Putin came back in and said he was going to be president that did change the relationship. We have to stand up to his bullying and specifically in Syria. It is important and I applaud the administration because they are engaged in talks with the Russians to make it clear that they’ve got to be part of the solution to try to end that bloody conflict and to provide safe zones so that people are not going to have to be flooding out of Syria at the rate they are. And I think it’s important too that the United States make it very clear to Putin that it’s not acceptable for him to be in Syria creating more chaos, bombing people on behalf of Assad, and we can’t do that if we don’t take more of a leadership position which is what I’m advocating.”