Sen. Ben Cardin promises Putin 'pays a heavy price' for actions in Ukraine

Sen. Ben Cardin Monday vowed Russian President Vladimir Putin would pay for his aggressive actions in Ukraine. 

Cardin, the senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, held a roundtable discussion Monday with members of Maryland's Ukranian community to address continued hostility by Russia. 

In a statement, Cardin said: 

'Ukraine is an incredibly important country and Ukrainian Americans are rightly concerned for their family and friends about Russia's actions in Crimea and what Russia might do next. The U.S. and the international community will ensure that Russia is held accountable for its blatant violations of international agreements and unlawful violation of Crimea's sovereign borders.

The sanctions leveled against Russia are directed at Mr. Putin and his inner circle that are responsible for this ongoing aggression, not the people of Russia. We will ensure that Mr. Putin pays a heavy price for his inability to conform to international norms, and honor Russia's agreements. The government in Kyiv has the full support of United States and we will use all available diplomatic and economic tools to return stability to Ukraine.'