Sanders believes we need to try to develop positive relations with Russia while standing up to Putin’s aggressive action.
“We have got to do our best in developing positive relations with Russia. But let’s be clear: Russia’s aggressive actions in the Crimea and in Ukraine have brought about a situation where President Obama and NATO correctly I believe are saying you know what we’re going to have to beef up our troop level in that part of the world to tell Putin that his aggressiveness is not going to go unmatched. That he is not going to get away with aggressive action.”
ANDERSON COOPER: Senator Sanders, I want you to be able to respond.
BERNIE SANDERS: Pardon me?
COOPER: I'd like you to be able to respond and get in on this.
SANDERS: Well, I think Mr. Putin is going to regret what he is doing. I think that when he gets into that...
COOPER: He doesn't seem to be the type of guy to regret a lot.
SANDERS: Well, I think he's already regretting what he did in Crimea and what he is doing in the Ukraine. I think he is really regretting the decline of his economy. And I think what he is trying to do now is save some face. But I think when Russians get killed in Syria and when he gets bogged down, I think the Russian people are going to give him a message that maybe they should come home, maybe they should start working with the United States to rectify the situation now.