Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Glasgow-born Michael McFaul recently spoke at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Institute to discuss a range of topics including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He believes Vladimir Putin underestimated its resistance and is now changing Russia’s plans.
Senator Steve Daines was the first U.S. Senator to visit Ukraine since Russian’s invasion February 24th. After returning to the U.S. last week he outlined the steps he believes America must do to continue supporting Ukraine after witnessing the war’s impact firsthand.
Senator Steve Daines and Ukrainian-born Congresswoman Victoria Spartz visited the besieged city of Bucha Thursday to meet with officials and see the aftermath of the ongoing war with Russia.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and NATO allies are debating what sort of role they should play regarding the conflict. Senator Steve Daines recently visited Poland and noted the European response.
On Voices of Montana last week Governor Greg Gianforte said he thinks there is unity against what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing to Ukraine. He mentioned the energy sector specifically.
Senator Jon Tester has introduced the Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act to ensure Russia doesn’t use digital assets to undermine economic sanctions against them following its invasion of Ukraine. Tester has said any actions taken by the United States should not unintentionally impact the rest of Europe.
Tariffs on Russian exports are beginning to affect U.S. prices, but may prove beneficial for some Montana producers. Dr. Robert Sonora is with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
Wednesday Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy talked to the U.S. Congress asking for them to send more help to Ukraine for its fight against Russia including further sanctions. Senator Jon Tester agrees with the further crippling of Russia’s economy but not without some reservations.
The U.S. hit Russia with severe economic sanctions and supplied Ukraine with billions of dollars in resources but has not sent over any military troops to aid them in the conflict. Montana veteran Chris Enget who works with the nonprofit Concerned Veterans for America agrees saying it would be the wrong course of action.
As the Biden administration looks to other foreign countries to make up for gaps in America’s oil supply resulting from the ban on Russian energy imports some congressmen are calling for more domestic production. Senator Jon Tester is among those in favor of this approach as opposed to approaching nations like Iran and Venezuela.