Republican senator brings up nuclear strikes when asked about possible US action against Russia

A GOP senator sitting on the Senate Armed Services Committee casually suggested that the United States could enter a major land war with Russia to protect Ukraine when Russian troops were landing near the country’s borders.

Sen Roger Wicker makes remarks in evening interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto. He made it clear that he did not rule out the possibility of using it to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

In his remarks, which prompted others he gave on CNN, Mr. Wicker said that it is US policy to keep all options open to the possibility of military conflict, including the use of nuclear weapons.

“Well, military action could mean that we and our ships stay out of the Black Sea and we cause destruction … based on Russia’s military capabilities. It could mean we get involved, and I wouldn’t rule that out, I wouldn’t rule out American troops on the ground. Did you know we don’t rule out first-use nuclear action,” said Mr. Wicker.

A full clip of the interview was not immediately available. A representative for the senator’s office confirmed in a phone call with The Independent that the senator thinks the President Joe Biden The possibility of military action to protect Ukraine should not be ruled out, although they caution that the remarks about nuclear weapons refer to US policy in general and not the Ukraine conflict in particular.

Russia has repeatedly denied that its military buildup near Ukraine precedes an invasion of the country. In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region, while the southeastern regions of Ukraine are now controlled by pro-Russian militant groups after fierce fighting in the Donbas region.

President Joe Biden and Russia Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Tuesday amid rising tensions, and during the call Biden threatened larger economic sanctions against Russia if its military invaded Ukraine. The president stopped committing direct military aid to the Ukrainian government.

Russia has long criticized the actions of the US-backed NATO, and on Tuesday the Kremlin again accused NATO of wanting to “invade” Ukrainian territory, despite Ukraine’s overt efforts to join. pact.

Mr. Wicker is one of the Senate’s loudest war advocates and his remarks Tuesday were not the first to suggest war with Russia.

In 2016 in a memorable hearing With former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Mr. Wicker questioned why the US could not unilaterally establish a no-fly zone over the entire Syrian airspace, and was bluntly informed by the general that the order was as follows: That would bring the US into a state of war. with Russia, which operates military bases in the region. Republican senator brings up nuclear strikes when asked about possible US action against Russia


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