Senator Pat Toomey critical of president's Ukraine response

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 4, 2014 12:47 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's junior U.S. Senator says Russian President Vladimir Putin has read President Obama and determined he could invade Ukraine with impunity.

Toomey, a Republican, has told Philadelphia radio station WPHT Obama's response has been ``a little tepid.''  

He echoes Pennsylvania's other U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Casey, in signaling support for freezing assets of key Russian officials and imposing economic sanctions against Russia. 

Toomey says Russian leaders are ``bad actors'' and their behavior toward Ukraine should not be tolerated. He also says it's an embarrassment for Obama.  Russia took over Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula on Saturday, placing its troops around the region's military bases and border posts.

Tensions remain high today in Ukraine's Crimea region, where troops loyal to Russia fired warning shots at protesting Ukrainian soldiers

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