Hillary Clinton urges West to ‘double up’ pressure on Russia

Appearing Sunday on NBC News’ Meet the pressformer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged the West to “double down” on its pressure on Russia as its military invasion of Ukraine drags on.

A transcript is as follows:

CHUCK TODD: You heard Secretary Blinken basically say, “Look, sanctions relief could happen. Everything depends on the behavior of Russia. Can we really live in a world where Putin is reintroduced into the new world order?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, that’s not what I heard him say. What I heard him say is that, truly, we are going to support Ukrainians, the people and the government of Ukraine, as they try to figure out what is the best way forward for them. And that, I think, is exactly the right position for the United States, Europe, the West and other countries to take. Your second part of this question, however, is very important. I would not allow Russia to rejoin the organizations it was part of. I think there is an upcoming G20 event later in the year. I would not allow Russia to attend. And if they insisted on literally showing up, I hope there would be a significant, if not total, boycott. The only way to end the bloodshed and terror we see unleashed in Ukraine and to protect Europe and democracy is to do all we can to impose even greater costs on Putin.

There are more banks that can be sanctioned and removed from the so-called SWIFT relationship. There are increasing demands to do more for gas and oil. Now, of course, some of our strongest allies in Europe are desperately trying to break their dependence on Russian energy. We have to speed up. And I know the administration has done that, considering more liquefied natural gas deliveries, for example.

“So I think it’s time to double down on the pressure. Let’s not fantasize about what’s next in Russia. Let’s focus on what we’re doing right now to help protect and defend the Ukrainian people’s right to be a nation. free and democratic and to protect its sovereignty,” Clinton concluded.


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