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Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors?

The Sea of Azov, near the disputed Crimean Peninsula, has been a point of contention between Russia and Ukraine. In late November 2018, tensions increased as Russia’s navy attacked three Ukrainian Ships and captured 24 sailors. Russia received immediate criticism from Western leaders, many of whom are debating which measures should be taken to punish Russia. However, Putin denies the actions as aggressive, instead claiming the Ukrainian ships were in Russian waters. Trump canceled a meeting with Russian President Putin at the G20 summit in response to a Russian refusal to release the captured sailors and ships. Ukraine is demanding other Western nations take action in an attempt to deter future Russian aggression.

Those who support imposing sanctions argue that Russia should be punished for attacking three seemingly non-aggressive ships. They point to the success that previous sanctions have had by impeding Russian economic growth. Additionally, this side argues that imposing economic sanctions are an easy way for a group of countries to show solidarity with Ukraine. Such unity would demonstrate that future Russian aggression would not be tolerated. However, some argue that further investigation ought to be completed before Russia is punished. President Putin claims that the Ukrainian ships were in Russian waters and has accused the Ukrainian government of purposefully escalating a crisis to drum up political support before an upcoming election. What do you think? Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors?

Current Standings:
Yes: 57%
No: 43%
  • Kaila from Iowa

    I honestly feel there is no right or wrong answer here. What Russia did was wrong, yet we don’t know enough about the situation. to decide who gets “punished”. This is not about black and white it is about gray, both sides may be a little right but that should not determine how we act, it should be the best way we can even if its not a perfect solution to the problem.

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    I honestly feel there is no right or wrong answer here. What Russia did was wrong, yet we don’t know enough about the situation. to decide who gets “p…

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  • Fabio from New Jersey

    I think the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. They should do this because the Russians attacked without any reasoning and they didn’t give the Ukrainian sailors an ultimatum to turn back or get captured. Russia has been turning to violence in the past years. We need to show them that violence is not always the way.

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    I think the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. They should do this because the Russians …

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  • Alex from Michigan

    Historically speaking, Russia has long desired both a warm-water port and a competitive navy to take advantage of that port. Running with the logic that Russia captured Crimea for the economic and militaristic value of Sevastopol, the fact that Russia has attacked Ukranian ships and captured two dozen sailors suggests that there might be something more nefarious being planned by Vladimir Putin and Russia. As such, America should crack down on Russia’s actions in order to prevent the possibility of large-scale conquest and destruction from potentially becoming a reality.

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    Historically speaking, Russia has long desired both a warm-water port and a competitive navy to take advantage of that port. Running with the logic th…

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  • Jonah from Arizona

    We need to take a stance that strongly condemns Russian expansionist action. We must take sanctions against Russia as a first step in a demonstration of unity with Ukraine and support for its sovereignty.

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    We need to take a stance that strongly condemns Russian expansionist action. We must take sanctions against Russia as a first step in a demonstration …

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  • Geovanni from New Jersey

    I believe that the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors for multiple reasons. Reasons one would be our relationship with the Ukrainian government for the years in which this nation had stood. We had given all of our trust toward Ukraine so that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t trust them. Reason two, the Russian navy claims that the Ukrainian sailors supposedly, “confessed” to sailing in Russian waters. Even if this is fact, the Russian navy should not take this act into further violence toward a nation in which they share the same waters with. Russia officials claim that Ukraine’s actions were meaningful and purposeful but we really don’t have enough evidence to prove this. America should place additional sanctions on Russia as their actions were unnecessary and dramatic in a sense that should be brought to attention and become punished for.

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    I believe that the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors for multiple reasons. Reasons…

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  • Yuri from New Jersey

    I believe that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because Russia had no right to attack those three ships if they posed no threat. If both Russia and Ukraine share The Sea of Azov then it was completely uncalled for for those Russian ships to attack those three ships and capture their sailors, I believe that Russia should be punished for their unnecessary aggression.

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  • Rain from Pennsylvania

    I think that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia along with other countries to show unity. If a few countries unite to show that they are not intimidated by Russia then they will likely release the Ukrainian sailors. The sailors should not have been captured in the first place, for they were not imposing a threat upon Russia. Russia over reacted to situation and is now trying to save face by saying that the Ukraine ships were in Russian waters. As a nation we need to show that we are strong and will not be sandbagged.

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    I think that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia along with other countries to show unity. If a few countries unite to show tha…

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    The U.S. is an ally of the Ukraine and it has been for quite a few years. Russia has had their soldiers and their ships captured and this situation could escalate if things turn out for the worst. This is why we should get involved and impose sanctions on Russia at least until they release the sailors and their ships. We are not allies with Russia and if we let this situation go other countries would have less trust in the U.S. seeing as how we just let Ukraine fend for itself. If we imposed sanctions on Russia until the release it would help pressure them into doing so and then investigations done by several countries could investigate this matter of whether Ukraine is trying to provoke Russia into situations like this.

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    The U.S. is an ally of the Ukraine and it has been for quite a few years. Russia has had their soldiers and their ships captured and this situation co…

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  • Katie from Pennsylvania

    Russia was wrong or what thy did, but to choose who gets in trouble for it is wrong because no one has enough information and they don’t know enough about it. I believe that both sides may be right in their own way but that should not determine how we act because someone disagrees. Communication should be the best way we can solve problems even if its not an exact turnout you wanted it to be.

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    Russia was wrong or what thy did, but to choose who gets in trouble for it is wrong because no one has enough information and they don’t know enough a…

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  • Seungik from California

    Both sides are correct, but there is no definitive answer. However, usually when nations capture boats of other nations it’s usually a sign of aggression, and nowadays I think Russia might need a little bit of diplomatic mindset more than the violent one.

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    Both sides are correct, but there is no definitive answer. However, usually when nations capture boats of other nations it’s usually a sign of aggress…

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  • Alexa from California

    Seems to me there are grudges! I feel there will always be tensions with Ukrainians and Russians due to Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union (now Russia). Russia and Ukraine are entitled to their territory but taking drastic measures by capturing Ukrainian sailors in Russian waters is quite outrageous. The U.S. like a babysitter should watch over Russia and Ukraine’s relations with sanctions much like a reward system but comes with penalties making both parties more cordial.

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    Seems to me there are grudges! I feel there will always be tensions with Ukrainians and Russians due to Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union (…

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  • Emma from Oregon

    The US must support it’s allies, not even other allies are allowed to mess with allies of the US.

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  • Jesse from Kentucky

    I said no. I am pretty indifferent on the topic and, to be honest, I think the United States should be too. I think it is wrong that Russia captured these people, but this also isn’t the United States problem. We could make an effort to free those people, but if we get too extreme it may not be worth it.

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    I said no. I am pretty indifferent on the topic and, to be honest, I think the United States should be too. I think it is wrong that Russia captured t…

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    What Russia is doing is absolutely crazy. Sailing into waters that aren’t rightfully theirs and capturing Sailors that aren’t apart of their army, is crazy and shouldn’t be allowed.

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    What Russia is doing is absolutely crazy. Sailing into waters that aren’t rightfully theirs and capturing Sailors that aren’t apart of their army, is …

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  • Ben from Kentucky

    Yes, because Russia attacked harmless ships and captured those people on those ships. We should stop all trades and all meetings with Russia until the release those prisoners. The US needs to do something about this and Russia needs to know that there is consequences to the actions.

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    Yes, because Russia attacked harmless ships and captured those people on those ships. We should stop all trades and all meetings with Russia until the…

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  • kenneth from Kentucky

    Though the ships were on russian territory, there was no true reason to confiscate these ships. They were non military and unarmed. I believe that we do need to impose more sanctions so things like this don’t happen.

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    Though the ships were on russian territory, there was no true reason to confiscate these ships. They were non military and unarmed. I believe that we …

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that the US should do this because Russia is not a trustworthy country. Putin should not have taken the ships from Ukraine. They were not trying to do anything to them, they just so happened to be on the territory of Russia. I believe these sanctions will help them realize that what they are doing is not okay.

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    Yes, I believe that the US should do this because Russia is not a trustworthy country. Putin should not have taken the ships from Ukraine. They were n…

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  • Ryan from Kentucky

    I believe additional sanctions should be put on Russia. If we allow them to continue walking all over Ukraine and destroying their ships without any sanctions nothing will change. If the US put these additional sanctions it would set a precedent for russia that they need to leave Ukraine alone and obey the rules we give them.

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    I believe additional sanctions should be put on Russia. If we allow them to continue walking all over Ukraine and destroying their ships without any s…

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  • Brooke from Kentucky

    The US should impose more sanctions on Russia in response to this because the Russians’ actions were unnecessary and unacceptable. Putin’s claims that the Ukrainian ships were in Russian waters is not proven, and even if the ships were in Russian waters, they were not threatening Russia in any way. The action to capture the Ukrainian sailors was outrageous and Russia needs to be punished for it. Also, if western companies come together and support Ukraine during this time, this solidarity may prevent events like this from happening in the future.

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    The US should impose more sanctions on Russia in response to this because the Russians’ actions were unnecessary and unacceptable. Putin’s claims that…

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  • Sarah from Kentucky

    The capturing of the Ukraine sailors should be considered an act of war, therefore sanctions could help change Russias opinion.

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  • Gracie from Kentucky

    I think that the US should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. It has not been determined yet that that the Ukrainians were in Russian waters. However, there is not a lot of information out;additionally, if they were “seemingly non-aggressive,” there would be no valid reasoning to capture them. The US can build their relationships with other countries by helping them out, which is what would be happening if they were to impose these sanctions.

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    I think that the US should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. It has not been determined yet …

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    Russia is pushing their limits and attacking the ukrainians for no reason other to start a war. Russia should be punished for the unnecessary actions against Ukraine. Trump made the right choice choosing to postpone their meeting until Russa at least releases the sailors. Russia needs to release them and we need to hope a war doesn’t develop because of this.

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    Russia is pushing their limits and attacking the ukrainians for no reason other to start a war. Russia should be punished for the unnecessary actions …

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I think the US should continue to impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to protect Ukrainian sailors. Russia should not go to the next step and hijack ships. There is a fine line between arguing justly and going above and beyond. Even though the US is not directly involved in this, it is the United States’s job to defend for what is right. If the US was in this position we would want someone to help us out and impose additional sanctions against the wrongful force.

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    I think the US should continue to impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to protect Ukrainian sailors. Russia should not go to the nex…

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    With all of the power of the US, I think it is good for us to impose on the situation, but sometimes it can be better to just let those countries figure it out on their own without the US having to come to the rescue. I believe there’s always going to be someone captured in war/by the enemy and that country needs to do what they can without the help of other countries, but sometimes with the power of the US, it could be a good thing for us to impose.

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    With all of the power of the US, I think it is good for us to impose on the situation, but sometimes it can be better to just let those countries figu…

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  • rachel from Kentucky

    Yes, because I think it is completely wrong what Russia did to the ships. The U.S. should in fact impose additional sanctions against Russia. The Ukrainian sailors weren’t doing anything to affect Russia so Russia had no point in attacking them.

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    Yes, because I think it is completely wrong what Russia did to the ships. The U.S. should in fact impose additional sanctions against Russia. The Ukra…

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  • Justin from Texas

    The attacking of ships while killing and capturing troops is not something any nation should do in the attempt of capturing disputed land but should rather go through diplomatic means to achieve what they want. The sacrifice of lives is something that is not worth this scenario and is something Putin should be despised for, especially in the time of humanity where we can talk any situation out.

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    The attacking of ships while killing and capturing troops is not something any nation should do in the attempt of capturing disputed land but should r…

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  • Derek from California

    The idea of capturing foreign ships and capturing sailors is a direct aggression and can be considered to be an act of war. Historically, countries only capture the ships of other nations during wartime, against an enemy. The actions of Russia are no different from British tactics of capturing and impressing American sailors during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812

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    The idea of capturing foreign ships and capturing sailors is a direct aggression and can be considered to be an act of war. Historically, countries on…

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  • molly from Virginia

    Sanctions could help to change Russia’s position on this matter.

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  • Adrien from Virginia

    I think that the U.S should impose additional sanctions on Russia for attacking and capturing the sailors. Even if they were in Russian waters, why would Russia instantly turn to violence to deter the sailors when instead they could have offered an ultimatum to make them leave Russian waters. The action that the U.S., along with the help of other western nations, take on Russia will help in making sure that they do not always turn to aggression and stop it from happening every time something ticks off Russia. It seems lately that Russia is always turning to violence to resolve their disputes compared to other developed nations and that needs to stop because diplomacy would probably be more efficient and be the better choice to choose. It also seems like Russian and Ukraine are always battling over territory, and a third party needs to step in to make sure it does not get out of hand. The way Russia should be punished is to probably pressure them economically, and it has proven effective. When Russia had problems with Ukraine back in 2014 their economy was 10% smaller than in 2013, so if they choose to continue with their unruly choices then it is their own fault.

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    I think that the U.S should impose additional sanctions on Russia for attacking and capturing the sailors. Even if they were in Russian waters, why wo…

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  • Antonio from New York

    Realistically, the claim that Ukrainians had breached Russian borders is false. By accepting President Putin’s claim, the US would also recognize that the territory in discussion would belong to Russia, despite it being owned by Ukraine. This returns back to the initial (and very illegal) annexation of Crimea back in 2013, which was Ukrainian prior to Russian encroachment.

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    Realistically, the claim that Ukrainians had breached Russian borders is false. By accepting President Putin’s claim, the US would also recognize that…

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    • Danny from Texas

      I believe at least Ukraine should be able to use the channel for export and trading since Russia pretty much “stole” that part of their country with the resources needed to trade.

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  • Baily from Georgia

    Russia is showing aggression by sailing into waters which are not rightfully theirs. The capture of the Ukrainian Sailors should be considered an act of war.

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  • teo from Florida

    Russia deserve more sanctions.

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  • Carson from Michigan

    Russia has been the aggressor for a few decades with no other countries really standing up against them. It similar to Germany in World War II when they were the aggressor and the world was afraid to get involved until it was too late. U.S. has a moral obligation to its allies and the world to police the unprovoked acts of such countries like Russia.

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    Russia has been the aggressor for a few decades with no other countries really standing up against them. It similar to Germany in World War II when th…

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  • Kenneth from Texas

    Russia’s current behavior is unacceptable and they need to be punished for their actions.

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  • Joel from Colorado

    We need to keep Russia in check. George Washington once said “One of the most effective means for preserving peace is being prepared to go to war.” Russia needs to know that there is a red line that they cannot cross or else we will take action. Every time we let Russia take just enough for it not to evoke a response from of us – we get further from the preservation of peace. Eventually, we will reach a point where we can no longer keep peace. We must stand firm in order to avoid this. If there is not a respectful fear (not terror, but mutual understanding), then we get closer to a confrontation

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    We need to keep Russia in check. George Washington once said “One of the most effective means for preserving peace is being prepared to go to war.” Ru…

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  • lexi from Mississippi

    if Putin’s actions go un punished then he will believe similar actions will also go unpunished.

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  • James from Nevada

    We seem to involve ourselves in matter that do not concern ourselves. Russia’s invasion of Crimea is in response to the unfair treatment given to ethnic Russians in the areas of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea as a result of Ukrainians taking over the government a few years prior. Russia is defending those areas that wish to align with their heritage, Russia. This does not concern us one bit, and it is not our place to determine what is good war and what is bad, when have done the very same thing for less moral reasons. May I remind you all of Iraq? How about the Mexican-American War in the 1840’s which started on almost the exact same terms. Constant U.S. intervention and influence across the globe in matters that do not concern us is what creates hostile attitudes and eventual terrorism.

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  • Afonso from New Jersey

    The U.S. should not impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors as this is a foreign affair and our president has stated during the presidential debate that foreign affairs are none of our business. We have already put sanctions in place and this is penalizing Russia heavily, due to Russia’s dependence on overseas bank where there wealth is kept so they can be a part of the international business market. I also see this problem only being solved through civil discourse throughout Russia and Ukraine due to the fact that Russia previously annexed Crimea and Donetsk. I believe this gives Russia the upper hand as under the oceans and laws of the sea from the united nations, it states, “Coastal States have sovereign rights over the continental shelf (the national area of the seabed) for exploring and exploiting it; the shelf can extend at least 200 nautical miles from the shore, and more under specified circumstances”. Also keep in mind that we are not allies with Ukraine and are not forced to intervene as it is not directly hurting our economic standing. However if we do decided to take action we should notice that Ukraine is prepared for war as the Ukrainian defence ministry announced that orders had been given to put the military on full combat alert. So due to the fact that water extending 200 nautical miles from the coastline, this allows any state to exert their control for the purpose of preventing or punishing infringement of any kind. Meaning in my opinion that Russia could have rightfully attacked as a result of Ukraines sea vessels crossing there sea territories due to recently annexing Ukraines previous territory.

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  • Raquan from New Jersey

    I don’t think that it is a good idea for the united states to get involved into this against Russia because there has been previous tensions between Russia and the united states before. If we engage in this situation it can cause an even bigger situation. Also our own president has stated that he thinks that we should not engage in problems that aren’t our own. Reacting to this may seem as an act of war against Russia.

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    I don’t think that it is a good idea for the united states to get involved into this against Russia because there has been previous tensions between R…

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  • Christian from New Jersey

    The US should not impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, because firstly, we do not know the whole story. Before we even begin to intrude on something that the US is not even close to being involved in, we must see both sides. The media cannot be our only source of information, as it can be propaganda by the Ukranians. The media constantly manipulates information, to make one side look good, and the other side bad. In this case, Russia looks like the enemy, which can be a result of the media trying to stir up drama and get other countries involved. With only the video, the public does not know that the Ukranian ships were close to Russia’s coast and Russia owned the territory where they trespassed. Therefore, they had the right to attack, and therefore should not be punished. In addition, we should not punish Russia because it is between the two countries, and we are not impacted by this event. We should not intrude, solely because we want a potential friend, even though Ukraine can just use us.

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    The US should not impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, because firstly, we do not know the whol…

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  • Edward from New Jersey

    I think that the U.S. shouldn’t impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because the United States is not currently involved in their problems. As a country, I think the United States should stop entering other countries conflicts, because even though we can possibly make an ally, we would also definitely be making a new enemy. In addition, Ukraine and Russia are currently in conflict, and is Ukraine had ships go into enemy territory, in a time of conflict, wouldn’t that be called an invasion? Therefore what Russia had done could be argued as to self defense, even if the ships had no weapons or posed no direct threat. What matters is the fact that Ukrainian ships entered enemy territory in a time of conflict and got captured. That is their business and not any part of our business as the United States, and how can an outside power dictate who to impose sanctions on, therefore we should not impose additional sanctions against Russia.

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  • ricardo from New Jersey

    n my opinion i think that the US should not impose additional sanctions against russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because nothing is directed to the US.Its almost like the US is like budding in.We seem to involve ourselves in matter that do not concern ourselves. Russia’s invasion of Crimea is in response to the unfair treatment given to ethnic Russians in the areas of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea as a result of Ukrainians taking over the government a few years prior.This does not concern us one bit, and it is not our place to determine what is good war and what is bad, when have done the very same thing for less moral reasons.In conclusion i think this is not concerning the US in one bit so they need to bud out.

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    n my opinion i think that the US should not impose additional sanctions against russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because nothing…

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  • Kaedon from Illinois

    No, they shouldn’t put sanctions against Russia because it might invoke further aggression. Let them sort their problem out for themselves. When they start stabbing each other, then we can get involved.

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    No, they shouldn’t put sanctions against Russia because it might invoke further aggression. Let them sort their problem out for themselves. When they …

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  • avery from Pennsylvania

    no I don’t think that the U.S. should impose sanctions. yes Russia in in the wrong but the united states does not have a say in what Russia does, yes we are allies with Ukraine but if the U.S. would get involved that would create unnecessary problem for the states.

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    no I don’t think that the U.S. should impose sanctions. yes Russia in in the wrong but the united states does not have a say in what Russia does, yes …

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  • Kelsey from Pennsylvania

    I do not believe the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, for if the United States does it will cause more economic and political issues. Because of Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine in 2014, economic pressure already exists between the countries. If the U.S. allows for economic issues to continue, it could lead to violence. Also, in 2012 the U.S. Congress passed the Magnitsky Act to punish Russian officials, and eventually the Act went global. The measures have over time proven effective in penalizing Russia and it’s already suffered Therefore, I believe if the United States imposes additional sanctions against Russia, then it will just start unnecessary issues globally that will not just affect U.S. citizens but also citizens from other countries.

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  • Kenneth from Pennsylvania

    The question given hides many more within it that are all hard to answer. Does the US have a right to police matters that aren’t its own? What are the sanctions, and how far do they extend? What are the conditions that took place when the Ukrainian soldiers were captured? Before coming up with a definitive response, the answers to these questions and multiple others must be answered first. Knowing the context this extensively is a hard task for anyone, to be informed on. And so without being in any political position to comment, I would choose to vote no. The US has had a long history of acting as a world police force after becoming a leading world power, and so far it has returned mixed results with both allies and rivals. It is a hard decision to choose whether or not we should feel responsible in protecting political allies; for now my answer remains that we are not the cops on an international scale and should leave the disputes between Ukraine and Russia to resolve themselves. The nature of the capture was not anything that should cause a large action from the US. If we do impose a sanction against Russia, it should not be one that cripples the nation, but rather seeks to fix what has happened.

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  • brooke from Pennsylvania

    Brooke Miller- I choose no because I feel like America don’t have enough information on the entire situation to be punishing anyone. There are still things that America doesn’t know, such as, where exactly the Ukranian ships were, where the waters divide between Ukraine and Russia, why the Ukranian ships were so close to Russian waters, and were the Ukrainians there with hostile intentions. There are a lot of important facts that are missing in the story that we have been given, but I don’t think that we should make any hasty decisions without knowing all of the facts.So this is why I choose no, because we didn’t know every little detail and why the Ukranians were there.

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    Brooke Miller- I choose no because I feel like America don’t have enough information on the entire situation to be punishing anyone. There are still…

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  • Corie from Pennsylvania

    The U.S. should not add additional sanctions against Russia due to the capture of Ukrainian sailors. Russia is in the wrong for not allowing the sailors to be released, but the U.S. does not have the ability to free the sailors because the lack of resources available.

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    The U.S. should not add additional sanctions against Russia due to the capture of Ukrainian sailors. Russia is in the wrong for not allowing the sailo…

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  • Tyler from Pennsylvania

    I do not believe that we should impose additional sanctions against Russia. Yes it is wrong that Russians are holding the sailors as prisoners, but the United States does not have enough resources to free the sailors and take further action. Since the United States is only a political ally with Ukraine, there is no reason the states should get involved with the of freeing these foreign troops. This will only create more tension with the other European countries. Also the United States needs to think about this, would Ukraine do the same thing for US sailors? In my opinion, I truly doubt that. The States should just stay out of it and President Trump should focus on our own problems within the country.

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    I do not believe that we should impose additional sanctions against Russia. Yes it is wrong that Russians are holding the sailors as prisoners, but th…

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  • Austin from Pennsylvania

    Austin hammerle- No i don’t think the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia because the U.S doesn’t know much about this and even though we are allies of Ukraine we do not need to get involved yet. I do believe that is is wrong that Russia captured sailors even if they were on Russia’s water because there was no harm of the Ukraineś ships, so there is no reason for the U.S to get involved just yet.

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    Austin hammerle- No i don’t think the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia because the U.S doesn’t know much about this and even thou…

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  • Nick from Pennsylvania

    No, I don’t think we should. We have no reason to keep getting involved in other countries problems because it will create more enemies for the United States. The United States needs to let Russia and Ukraine solve the problems they have and stay out of it and worry about ourselves. If we stay out of it that will keep us from starting a war with Russia.

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    No, I don’t think we should. We have no reason to keep getting involved in other countries problems because it will create more enemies for the United…

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  • Colt from Pennsylvania

    I’d rather try to keep Russia on the side of the U.S as they in this world are a super power that I would rather see work this out democratically, then just punish a side that we wanna say was the aggressor. Russia can be made a valuable ally, which may be a hopeless dream, but I’d rather not poke the bear sort of speak. Not saying that the U.S couldn’t win a war against the Russians but I know that I prefer the U.S to stay out of unnecessary conflicts when given the chance. There needs to be talks between Trump and Putin, and before anyone says anything, THERE WAS NO COLUSION, this needs to be dealt with through our leaders, through talks, and if talking does not go anywhere, we still do not just send our fleets to intercept Russian vessels. We have a man in office who has already talked back many citizens captured by NK, why can he not do the same with Russia.

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  • cole from Kentucky

    No because we should not get involved in these things. Both world wars started over something small and spread to something bigger. Let the two groups settle this out, and Is Russia really going to care if we impose sanctions? Do not get involved unless we have too

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  • Morgan from Kentucky

    No, I do not think that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because, it would just get us even more involved and bring more chaos into the mix, which we do not need. I also do not think that it is right or okay to punish or attack three seemingly non-aggressive ships. I see and understand those who vote yes to this question because by punishing these ships, it would demonstrate that future Russian aggression would not be tolerated. Lastly, I think that if the U.S. were to get more involved with this situation, it would just escalate the crisis and not actually solve anything.

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  • Carmen from Kentucky

    As someone else replied, I feel as if there is no right or wrong answer in this situation. Despite this inability to make a proper decision based on the information and activities that have taken place, I do not think that the US should get more involved at the moment. I think that Trump’s decision to cancel the meeting with Putin in response to the alleged capture of Ukrainian sailors was a good idea; however, I believe that involving ourselves further into this ordeal would only make matters worse, especially since there has not been a lot of investigation as to whether or not Russia is responsible for the damaged ships and captured sailors. If an investigation ensues and more information is gathered on the situation then I think we can make a better, wiser decision on how much the US should involve itself.

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    I do not think that the United States should not help because, in my opinion, we are already to involved with Russia. Our intervention could cause a variety of new issues and increase problems with other countries besides the ones involved.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    The United States likes to impose on other countries problems, but why do we do it. It is not affecting us directly so where is the reason for impeding on other countries problems. Ukraine has been at war with Russia for awhile now and they have having their country be taken over everyday. By taking ships and sailors it is just another part of the war they are in. If the United States did intervene with this, then Russia could possibly try and test was and possible but us in a predicament we would have trouble getting out of.

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    No, I believe we need to stay out of the foreign affairs for now and work on building up our own government. I think Trump has made the mistake in getting involved with Russia as much as he has. We should not be getting ourselves into fighting when we don’t have a lot going well in America.

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  • Joshua from Wisconsin

    There is no doubt that what Russia did was wrong. However, for every antagonistic action (ie sanctioning) the US takes towards other countries, US policymakers need to be clear in establishing what the purpose of said action is. Here, it is not clear what the purpose is. Sanctions rarely work, and do we really think we are going to change Russia’s behavior with these relatively insignificant sanctions? The ancient Greek historian Thucydides wrote that in a nation’s consideration of foreign policies, national honor triumphs over national interest. Do we really think Russia will stop these actions simply because it makes America mad? The legitimacy of Putin now depends on his ability to project his image as the restorer-in-chief of the imperialist Soviet Union.

    If the purpose is to “punish” Russia for some esoteric concept of retribution that exists in international relations, the US needs to be consistent in acting upon that principle. Are we going to sanction other countries everytime they do a similar action? And how does this help American citizens?

    But above all else, per the Constitution, the purpose of foreign policy should always be to protect the rights and welfare of the American people. The federal government has no business meddling in other countries. Much more good to mankind can be accomplished if the federal government focused on its own citizens’ concerns. This is the philosophy I believe the US should enact upon.

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  • Christian from Louisiana

    Yes because Russia isn’t trustworthy.

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  • Autumn from Washington

    I said no because I feel like we don’t have enough information on the enitre situation t be punishing anyone. There are still things that America doesn’t know, such as; where exactly the Ukranian ships were, where the waters split between Ukraine and Russia, why the Ukranian ships were so close to Russian waters, and were the Ukranians there with hostile intentions. There are a lot of facts that are missing in the story that we have been given, but I don’t think that we should make any hasty decisions without knowing all of the facts.

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  • Aliyah from Georgia

    I think the decision should be determined when further investigation is obtained.

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  • Pasmah from New Jersey

    I personally think that before the U.S. imposes additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, a thorough investigation should take place. The political world is known to be the reality T.V. of the government and because of this, many things are staged to make people favor one person over the other. In this case, the Ukrainian government could have purposely put its ships in Russian water in order to stir up drama and lessen the amount of political support Russia is getting before the elections. While the Russians could’ve acted less aggressively to the people on the ship, it is there right to protect their waters and for the U.S. create more sanctions against Russia, wouldn’t teach them a lesson, but would instead teach them that the U.S. chooses the less controversial side of the issue instead of investigating the issue and finding out who was truly in the wrong and who was in the right in this situation.

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    • Serena from Washington

      Placing sanctions on other countries when the issue at hand does not directly involve the United States could cause issues with the countries we are placing sanctions on. I feel like America tends to see itself as protecting the democracy of the world, but I think this is a bit of a reach to decide how other countries can defend their borders, especially given how seriously the U.S. takes border security.

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