Letter: Sanctions won't deter Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on March 24, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images / ALEXEI NIKOLSKY)

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Further sanctions will not reduce Russian aggression ["Putin must feel the anger," Editorial, July 22]. Imposing measures to coerce Moscow is akin to trying to put out a fire with kerosene -- it does more harm than good.

Recent sanctions have only intensified Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has increased the number of troops on the Ukrainian border to nearly 15,000. Not only has Russia significantly expanded arms transfers to rebel forces, it also has shot down multiple Ukrainian aircraft, and Russian troops have fired artillery rounds across the border.

The evidence is clear: Imposing harsher sanctions won't deter Moscow or alter its aggressive behavior.

Christian Fernando, Washington, D.C.
 

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