Putin needs to be severely contained not engaged “If the US was doing the right thing right now, the only approach to Vladimir Putin is severe containment … like we did during the Soviet Union. “Instead of having a communist ideology, we have a criminal ideology, and the world, the United States and other countries, shouldn’t give Putin an inch. “This is a guy who should be contained, not engaged. “Russia is a malign country doing terrible things all around the world. They’re meddling in elections in the United States, in Britain, in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, they’re invading foreign countries, they’re cheating in the Olympics. “This is a country which is effectively a criminal state run by a criminal, Vladimir Putin. And to view them as anything other than that basically is a huge injustice to all the victims all over the world of Vladimir Putin and his corrupt regime.”
This meeting should not be happening in first place’
“Russia is a country with an economy the size of the state of New York, the military budget is 90 per cent less than the United States’ military budget, Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal, he’s been out and about bombing innocent women and children in Syria, taking over large swathes of Ukraine, knocking passenger planes out of the sky with civilians on board.
“He’s not a guy who Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, should be meeting with on par in Helsinki. Just by having the meeting it’s an enormous, unjustified gift to Vladimir Putin.”