“We are barreling toward a Second Cold War, and strong American leadership is the only force capable of ensuring that peace and security once again prevail,” Rubio said, in prepared remarks he will deliver at a national security speech in Iowa today. “The more our current president fails the test of leadership against Putin, the more important it becomes for our next president to pass it. I will pass this test.”
Rubio said his policy on Russia would involve providing lethal military assistance to Ukraine, sanctions against high-level Russian officials, and move to isolate Russia diplomatically by ending engagement on issues unrelated to ending the crisis in Ukraine. “As soon as I take office, I will move quickly to increase pressure on Moscow. I will impose a new round of sanctions on The Kremlin’s senior leadership and other Russian entities, including Gazprom….”
Trump, on the other hand, has promised good relations with Putin.
“I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, [Putin’s] getting an ‘A’ and our president is not doing so well,” he said recently. In other comments, he has promised a “great relationship” with the Russian leader.
— Tim Mak, The Daily Beast