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Mitt Romney, Republican Senator from Utah, calls the Russian government a "pariah" and that the US will continue to lift sanctions against the "evil regime"

Mitt Romney, Republican Senator from Utah, calls the Russian government a “pariah” and that the US will continue to lift sanctions against the “evil regime”

Romney told CNN’s Dana Bash on “Etihad State.”

romney comments, Who in 2012 while running for president called Russia Our “Geopolitical Enemy No. 1” comes as Moscow has unleashed military and cyber attacks against Ukraine. In response, the United States and Western countries have imposed several sanctions on Russia, targeting its banking, aerospace and technology sectors.

Asked by Bash on Sunday whether sanctions were the right step and what additional steps the United States could take, Romney, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Washington should “continue to raise the bar for that.”

“As (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell said, you can’t impose sanctions that are too heavy. At the same time, you have to realize that for sanctions to be most effective, you want to share them with our allies around the world. We want to be all together. In this matter. So, we can only move forward at the speed that everyone wants to move together. So this is critical. But these sanctions will have an impact,” he said. “Let’s continue to lift sanctions against what is an evil regime.”

While Romney and other Republicans have called for more sanctions against Russia and denounced Putin, some members of the Republican Party, including former President Donald Trump, have praised him He blamed President Joe Biden for the invasion. Romney criticized some of the pro-Putin rhetoric from corners of his party, saying that Putin “has been an adversary of America at every opportunity.”

“This is unimaginable to me, it’s almost treasonous and it hurts me to see some of these people do it,” he told Bach. “But, of course, they do it because if they get shock value and it’s good to get more eyeballs and maybe make more money for them or their networks. It’s sickening.”

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