NEW YORK — Ryan said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should “keep his hands crossed” and continue pursuing sanctions on Russia in light of its annexation of Crimea and its military involvement in eastern Ukraine.
The Wisconsin Republican said that the United States should have “the leverage” to enforce sanctions on the Russian government but that it’s important for Obama to keep “his fingers crossed” that the country will follow through with the sanctions that Congress approved last week.
Ryan was speaking to a group of business leaders and other elected officials in New York.
He also told the crowd that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are undermining U.S. security and should be treated as such.
He said the U.K. should consider further sanctions on Moscow as well.
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, told the group of New York lawmakers that he believes the United Kingdom has “the power to act.”
Ryan said that “this is a very important issue” for U.N. member states to take on and that they should do it now.
He also said that Russia is a country that the U,S.
and other nations must deal with in a serious manner.
The United Kingdom, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations Security Council have unanimously passed a resolution calling on Russia to end its military support for separatists in eastern regions of Ukraine.
Russia has denied it is involved in the crisis in eastern parts of Ukraine, but has warned the U:S.
to back down.