“I do. I do, as a result of I believe (Russia President Vladimir) Putin once more smells weak point right here,” Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican of Texas, informed CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when requested whether or not he thinks there is a new chilly conflict taking place.
“He is aware of that if he is ever going to invade Ukraine, now’s the time. I’m hoping he does not make that miscalculation. However the reality is, if he does invade Ukraine, what’s the USA, what’s our commander-in-chief ready to do to prevent it?” McCaul stated.
“If Putin sees deterrence getting back from the USA and our NATO allies, he might 2nd wager his calculation to invade Ukraine. Now Ukraine is the breadbasket of Russia. Putin needs to revive the distinction of the outdated Soviet empire. He is been short of to do that for reasonably a while.”
McCaul added: “I am not seeing numerous deterrence. I am seeing some tricky rhetoric, however no longer numerous motion … it’s important to put issues at the desk like sanctions, it’s important to discuss extra arm gross sales, weapon gross sales to Ukraine.”
Following the failed talks, Michael Chippie, the United States ambassador to the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe, informed journalists the “drumbeat of conflict is sounding loud and the rhetoric has gotten fairly shrill.”
“We need to take this very significantly,” Chippie stated of the massing of Russian troops alongside the border with Ukraine. “We need to get ready for the eventuality that there might be an escalation.”
This tale has been up to date with further main points Sunday.