Former Michigan House Republican Leader Reacts to Russia and Ukraine Crisis

An update on tensions along the Ukraine border: Russia has started joint military exercises with Belarus.

Top American and European officials continue high-level talks with Moscow in a push for diplomacy, as Ukraine’s military launched its own drills near the border on Thursday using weapons sent by western allies and U.S. troops, as well as providing military equipment to the region.

Former Republican Leader in the Michigan House and State Department official Dennis Cawthorne says this is the time for NATO allies to bind together.

“It’s really important the NATO countries stick together, and if they do that and if Mr. Putin sees there are strong possibilities of economic sanctions, I really doubt there will be a full-scale invasion,” said Cawthorne.

Cawthorne also previously worked as a Citizen Inspector for NATO.