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Hanna says Putin could put U.S. sanctions in reverse

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna spoke Wednesday on the situation in Ukraine, and says Putin has some capacity to put the economic sanctions on the United States in reverse.

NATO's chief is calling Russia's advances in Ukraine the greatest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War. Masked Russian-speaking troops have seized control of Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea after it was stormed by militiamen.

The seizure comes a day after a confrontation between Ukranian soldiers and pro-Russian militia left two dead. Ukranian officials say no one was hurt in today's raid. Tens of thousands of Russian-led troops are now patrolling Crimea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty yesterday to incorporate Crimea into Russia. President Obama is vowing tough economic sanctions on Russia.

"We have to look at what we can actually do on the ground," said Hanna. "No one is in favor. The idea we would go to war over that is ridiculous. We're not in a position to do that.

"The best we can do is hope the European Union unites around us."

Russia supplies Europe with most of its natural gas.

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