Wicker Suggests US Could Destroy Russia Over Ukraine Invasion, Claims ‘Everything is on the Table’
sen. Roger Wicker, no. Republican on Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday said President Biden should not “rule out” military action in Ukraine if Russia invades, including the use of nuclear weapons.
“There are certain things in negotiations that if you want to be tough, you shouldn’t take it off the table,” the Mississippi Republican told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto in an interview from the Capitol. “And so I think the president should say everything is on the table.”
The senator noted that about 200 US National Guard troops are already on the ground in Ukraine.
“I do not rule out military action,” he continued. “Military action could mean distancing ourselves from our ships in the Black Sea and curbing the destruction of Russian military capabilities.”
“I don’t rule out American troops on the ground. You know, we don’t rule out nuclear action first, we don’t think it will happen, but.”
The US has an estimated 5,600 nuclear warheads, while Russia has 6,257.
Wicker also praised his Democratic colleagues who called on the president to crack down on Russia. “Losing a free, democratic Ukraine to a Russian invasion would be a game changer for a free Europe.”
“I don’t rule out military action,” said Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss. “Military action could mean distancing ourselves from our ships in the Black Sea and curbing the destruction of Russian military capabilities”
Intelligence officials insist that they believe Vladimir Putin has not yet reached a decision on whether to invade to take back Ukraine’s territory
Satellite images show an increasing number of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine – as many as 175,000, according to US analysts.
The White House, meanwhile, has declined to commit to boots on the ground in Ukraine, which is not a member of the NATO alliance, but said it could potentially deploy troops to NATO countries.
During a virtual meeting with Putin on Tuesday, Biden said he threatened the Kremlin leader with “economic consequences like he has never seen before.”
The US has imposed a slew of sanctions on Russia over the past decade, many of them for Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea and its support of armed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Others have argued for meddling in the 2016 elections, cyber attacks and human rights violations. But at the same time, Putin has been working to isolate his economy from the effect of sanctions.
‘I was very direct. There were no chopped words. It was polite, but I made it very clear. If in fact, [Putin] Invade Ukraine, there will be severe consequences, economic consequences like none he has ever seen or ever seen being imposed,” Biden told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he left for a trip to Kansas City.
This satellite image from last month shows a Russian troop site in Yelna, Russia
Satellite image shows a Russian troop site at the Pogonovo training ground in the Voronezh region, Russia
He ruled out putting American boots on the ground in Ukraine, saying “it’s not the issue now.”
‘That’s not on the table. We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies if they attack under Article 5, it is a sacred obligation. That obligation does not apply to NATO, I mean to Ukraine,” the president said.
But he hinted that the US would bolster its military presence in NATO countries and aid Ukraine’s defensive capabilities.
“I indicated that I knew he would respond, but in addition, if he did, we should probably also strengthen our presence in NATO countries, especially those on the Eastern Front,” he said. “In addition, I made it clear that we would also give the Ukrainians the defensive capacity.”
Ukraine has been eyeing a NATO alliance entry, but Putin warned Biden not to let them in.
Still, intelligence officials insist that they believe Putin has not yet reached a decision on whether to invade to take back the territory of Ukraine, which had been separated from Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Wicker also praised Biden for allegedly reversing course on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which runs through the Baltic Sea and is intended to carry gas from Russia to Germany.
Biden had lifted sanctions on the pipeline earlier this year to respect his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but White House officials have told members of Congress they have made an unofficial deal with Germany’s new government on closing the pipeline. the pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine, according to Reuters.
‘As far as [Biden] has agreed to undo his mistake on Nord Stream 2…I would applaud it,” Wicker said.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed the pipeline could be used as leverage.
“It’s leverage for the West,” Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday. “If Vladimir Putin wants to see gas flowing through that pipeline, he may not want to risk invading Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, Ukraine has warned of a ‘massacre’ and of five million Ukrainian refugees fleeing into Europe if Russia decides to invade Kiev.