World U.S. Should Support Insurgency in Ukraine if Russia Invades: Mitt Romney
Russia is risking all-out war to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO
Russia's dealings — or, more accurately, its clashes — with the West have focused on one country in recent years: Ukraine.It's back in focus this week with a series of high-stakes meetings taking place between Russian and western officials which are centered on trying to diffuse heightened tensions between Russia and its neighbor.
Senatorsaid Sunday the U.S. should back an insurgency in Ukraine if Russian President invades the country, as some fear is likely.
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked whether Romney, if Russia invades Ukraine, backed the idea "of us supporting an insurgency, basically what we did to the Soviets in Afghanistan?"
"Absolutely," the Utah Republican replied. "I think [Putin] has to understand that the consequences are going to be significant. And will there be insurgency there? Yeah, the Ukraine people are proud and they know how to fight for the things they believe in and for their independence."
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Mitt Romney made the comment Sunday after Lindsey Graham said he'd only back McConnell if he mends his relationship with Trump.Ties between McConnell and Trump soured significantly in the wake of the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol. The GOP Senate leader rejected Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen and blamed the former president for inciting his supporters to attack the legislative branch of government. Since then, Trump has repeatedly slammed the Kentucky Republican, while McConnell has brushed aside the constant criticism.
Romney said that the U.S. should make sure that Putin "doesn't have the Nord Stream 2 pipeline," which bypasses Ukraine, providing "extraordinary wealth" to Putin and Russia.
"The big mistake we made is to allow him to build that, to bypass Ukraine. We should let him know that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is not going to operate. He is not going to have that wealth. If he does any action to overthrow the government in Ukraine, that's getting shut down. I'd shut it down now, as a matter of fact—a huge error not to have done so already."
Also on Sunday, U.S. National Security Advisorsaid that the U.S. is ready whether Putin decides to invade Ukraine or not.
"If Russia wants to move forward with diplomacy, we are absolutely ready to do that in lockstep with our allies and partners," he said on Face The Nation. "If Russia wants to go down the path of invasion and escalation, we're ready for that too, with a robust response that will cut off their strategic position."
US, allies pledge unity on Russia; to do what isn't as clear
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine. But when it comes to what exactly the United States and Europe are willing to do, the allies don't look as ringingly united. Militarily, for example, the United States, Turkey and Britain have stood out for supplying or agreeing to supply anti-tank missiles, armed drones, naval warships and other weapons, along with money to help Ukraine build its defenses.
Romney said on Sunday that Putin should understand that the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and France, among others, will come together "on a collective basis" amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine tensions.
"We recognize Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish a type of the Soviet Union," Romney said. "He's trying to reestablish what he had before. That can't be allowed to happen."
On Friday, Romney made similar remarks and warned of consequences if Putin goes into Ukraine.
"Putin invaded Ukraine to take Crimea. Inadequate consequences—including President Biden lifting Nord Stream 2 sanctions—beget further aggression. Now is the time for us and our allies to tell Putin precisely what severe consequences will follow further aggression or another invasion," he wrote on.
The Utah senator also noted on Sunday that the U.S. should explore different types of sanctions for Russia than those of the past.
U.S. rushes weapons into Ukraine as Biden predicts a Russian invasion
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to keep NATO allies on the "same page" after Mr. Biden said it was his "guess" that Putin would order forces to "move in" to Ukraine."He has to do something," Mr. Biden said during a White House news conference, warning that if Putin did decide to invade his neighbor, Russia would suffer "consequential" loss of life. The president didn't elaborate on the level of military assistance the U.S. might offer Ukraine in the face of an invasion, but it came as his administration worked with NATO allies to bolster Ukraine's forces — and quickly.
Democrats andin the in relevance to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, built but not yet operational.
On Wednesday,introduced legislation that would sanction Russia if it invades Ukraine.
"This legislation makes it absolutely clear that the U.S. Senate will not stand idly by as the Kremlin threatens a re-invasion of Ukraine," said Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A rival GOP bill proposed by Senatorwould sanction the operators of Nord Stream 2 pipeline whether or not an invasion happens. Cruz's bill failed to pass in Senate on Thursday.
Theadministration argued that Cruz's bill would risk relations with Germany, one of the European countries that rely on imported natural gas. Meanwhile, the bill introduced by the Democrats would target leading Russian financial institutions, Putin, and his military.
Newsweek contacted the White House for comments.
EXPLAINER: What are US options for sanctions against Putin? .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial options being considered to punish President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine range from the sweeping to the acutely personal — from cutting Russia off from U.S. dollars and international banking to slapping sanctions on a former Olympic gymnast reported to be Putin’s girlfriend. Publicly, the United States and European allies have promised to hit Russia financially like never before if Putin does roll his military into Ukraine. Leaders have given few hard details to the public, however, arguing it’s best to keep Putin himself guessing.