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My Questions for Hillary on Putin

Hillary Clinton is ready to share more thoughts on Vladimir Putin.

The Hill reports:

In a CNN interview scheduled to air on Sunday, the possible 2016 front-runner and former secretary of State said Russia “bears responsibility” for arming and supporting Russian separatists in Ukraine.

“I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now that Vladimir Putin – certainly indirectly through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian special forces and intelligence agents – bears responsibility for what happened to shoot down the airline,” she said on “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Okay, so what happens next?

My questions for Hillary:

1) What happens if Europe doesn't take the lead on sanctions? Would a strong American policy stance inspire a strong European policy stance?

2) What kinds of sanctions, specifically, should the United States be imposing on Russia?

3) Should the United States be placing Pentagon advisers in Ukraine right now? What about military assistance to the government in Kiev? Good ideas--why or why not?

4) The Daily Beast recently reported that "Kiev last month requested the radar jamming and detection equipment necessary to evade and counter the anti-aircraft systems Moscow was providing the country’s separatists." Your reaction?

5) What does American leadership on this issue look like specifically in terms of policy and language?

6) If you were President today, what would you do with respect to Russia and Ukraine? Would polling that often reflects a lack of American interest in greater involvement in Ukraine play a factor in your decision?

That's where I'd start.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of "Outnumbered" on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.


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