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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Feinstein: Sanctions Against Russia Won’t Work; Talk to Putin, Russia’s Leader

Aug. 31, 2014 (EIRNS)—Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), told Meet the Press interviewer Andrea Mitchell today that sending a U.S. envoy to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin would be more effective than sanctions against Russia.

American statesman Lyndon LaRouche agreed, and also concurred that the Russian people would accept any hardships of sanctions for the good of the nation.

Mitchell asked Feinstein, what can the U.S. do to stop Russia’s President Putin, who "has moved with tanks, with artillery, and with troops across the border into Ukraine?"

Feinstein said Secretary of State John Kerry should be sent to meet with Putin. "I think there ought to be some direct discussions with Vladimir Putin," said Feinstein.

"I think he is the singular figure in Russia. Russia is a huge country. Ukraine is a large country. The Crimea is gone. I think there ought to be steps taken to send people to talk with him; to have our Secretary of State talk with him personally. I think this is deeply personal with him. I really do. And I think he’s calling the shots himself. And he’s enjoying intensely high favorability in his country."

Feinstein continued,

"People say, ‘Well, just wait until the sanctions bite and the economy slips.’ I don’t think so. I think if Russians follow him, and up to date, they are following him, the Russians are very brave and very long-suffering, and they will tough out any economic difficulty."