Top Republican: US Will Need to Get Involved If Putin Does This
Rep. Mike Turner (OH-R), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, warned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a threat to the U.S., saying that America would need to get involved in the event NATO allies are attacked.
“What we’re seeing is that Russia, under [President Vladimir] Putin’s leadership, has invaded a validly elected democracy, an independent nation, violating international law,” Turner said.
“It’s a threat to Europe and a threat to our NATO allies and therefore to the United States.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday after amassing troops near the border for months, reaching the capital after one day.
Putin “has openly stated that his goal is to reunite the geographical territory of the Soviet Union, and we should believe him,” Turner said.
“I don’t think U.S. troops should be engaged directly, but we do play a role here that is very important.”
“Vladimir Putin has very openly threatened the West and the United States. He specifically included in his exercises leading up to invading Ukraine a nuclear weapons exercise, which of course places the United States, our cities at risk,” Turner said.
“Whenever you have a leader of a nation violating international law and openly threatening the world with weapons of mass destruction, we are entering a very difficult and very dangerous time.”
During President Joe Biden’s campaign, he vowed to stand up to Russia.
“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why – it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him,” Biden tweeted in February 2020.