Sticks and stones may not break Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bones, or cause him to flinch, but a unanimous Senate vote to impose new sanctions against his country could pressure the “tyrant” take pause.
For as long as he has been in the U.S. Senate, Senator Marco Rubio has been the biggest stateside thorn in Putin’s side, calling the Russian president a “thug and a tyrant,” as well as referring to him as a “dictator.”
“Vladimir Putin is not a president, he is a dictator.”-Senator Marco Rubio-(Source)
Rubio has also expressed the same disdain for Putin’s pal in Syria, President Bashar al-Asaad.
Now Rubio and the rest of the U.S. (except for Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders) have exacted some warranted payback for Russia’s alleged “meddling” in the 2016 American elections, and for its support of Syria’s ongoing human rights violations, which includes the gassing of many of its citizens.
In a 98-2 vote, the Senate passed a bill to both kick Putin in the shins, and to install new sanctions against the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, Iran, and it’s ballistic missile program.
In a statement, Rubio to another swipe at Putin and his leadership.
“With this overwhelming, bipartisan vote to impose new sanctions, we’ve sent a powerful message to Iran’s terror-sponsoring regime and Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian government that their aggressive actions and egregious human rights abuses will not be tolerated. The people of Iran and Russia deserve representative democracies that respect their fundamental human rights, adhere to international norms, and advance responsible and constructive foreign and domestic policies.”-Sen. Marco Rubio (R)