Chris Murphy: ‘I Don’t Think It’s an Absurd Proposition to Talk About Bringing Russia Back into the G-8’
MURPHY: "I don’t think it’s an absurd proposition to talk about bringing Russia back into the G-8. Of course, it’s important to have a global player, presence like Russia at the table instead outside the table, looking in. But you can’t do it without preconditions. The reason that we kicked them out of the G-8 was because they invaded Ukraine. They have not withdrawn their forces. In order for them to get back in, they need to make some progress, the future status of a sovereign Ukraine. But we also have news today suggesting that the Trump Administration may be considering cutting off or suspending security aid to Ukraine, which would be an absolute gift to the the Russians. The announcement coming right at the beginning of the tenure of the new Ukrainian president undercuts him in his efforts to try to push back against Russian aggression. You see gift after gift being handed by this Administration to the Russians which, of course, continues to make us all scratch our heads as to what is driving this bizarre policy, unorthodox, bad for American security towards Russia."