Senator David Perdue (R- GA) sent Secretary of State John Kerry a letter last Friday regarding the pending renewal of the European Union’s sanctions against Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and invasion in eastern Ukraine.

Perdue’s letter follows his attendance at the Munich Security Conference in February where the possible renewal of sanctions was a featured topic. Around 600 leaders from around the world gathered to discuss current crises and challenges to international security. Senators Bob Corker (R- TN) and John McCain (R- AZ) also attended the conference, focused largely on terrorism and its exportation from failed states in the Middle East and North Africa. McCain excoriated other leaders to wake up to the threats facing the international community, “Don’t we see what is happening? Do we care? The world order that we built, our dearest inheritance, is coming apart.” McCain also took issue with Russian interference in Syria, saying “Mr. Putin is not interested in being our partner. He wants to exacerbate the refugee crisis and use it as a weapon to divide the transatlantic alliance and undermine the European project.” 

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