Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin after his announcement on Monday that his nation would recognize the independence of Ukrainian territories and deploy forces into them.
“Vladimir Putin’s announcement today is just the latest step in his obsessive drive to rebuild the Soviet Union, at the expense of the national security of the United States and our allies. He seeks to make the lives of Americans worse, and he will use whatever new territory, resources, and power that he gains to do so—including control over energy he would seize in Ukraine,” Cruz said in a statement.
“His announcements today, including the recognition of non-governmental controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and that Russia would be deploying forces into Ukraine, must be met with an immediate response,” Cruz added.
The Texas senator noted Ukraine’s leaders have asked the U.S. to intervene through sanctioning the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for months.
“For months, Ukraine’s political leaders and its civil society pleaded with the United States to help them counter Russia by immediately sanctioning Nord Stream 2 and providing them with the weapons they need to defend themselves. We committed as a nation in the Budapest Memorandum to helping ensure their sovereignty and territorial integrity, and it is gravely in our national security interests to do so. The crisis that now threatens to engulf them will also create unknowable and acute dangers for our European NATO allies, whom we are bound by treaty to help defend,” Cruz said.
In a scathing rebuke to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Cruz also slammed the current administration’s failures to step up to Russia.
“President Biden has refused to meet these commitments, and Biden-Harris officials are to an enormous extent directly responsible for this crisis,” the senator wrote.
“He and his administration instead settled for an endlessly deferred and wholly uncredible strategy of responding to Putin’s aggression after an invasion. They have pursued bizarre tactics like declassifying American intelligence and trying to shame Putin. That approach has failed,” he added.
Cruz clarified that it would be a “catastrophic mistake” to intervene militarily in Ukraine, but that the U.S. can do much more to help Ukraine in its challenge against Russia. One important move would be to permanently end the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
“No one is calling for the United States to intervene militarily on Ukraine’s behalf, and it would be a catastrophic mistake to do so. Instead, the United States must impose devastating sanctions against Putin’s interests, including immediate and mandatory sanctions permanently putting an end to his Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” he said.
Cruz also blasted Biden on Sunday over his foreign policy disasters with Russia, claiming, “Joe Biden becoming president is the best thing that ever happened, tragically, for Vladimir Putin.”
Cruz shared the remarks during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with host Bill Hemmer.
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