Pence warns U.S. troops may have to fight Russia if Ukraine loses war
Pence's remarks come as Congress battles over a litany of spending bills, including the authorization of additional funds to the country.
Former Vice President Mike Pence this week warned that Russia will likely encroach on NATO territory and trigger an American military response should it succeed in its efforts to conquer Ukraine.
Several members of the alliance already directly border Russia, though should Moscow annex Ukraine, it would brush up against several more. Pence, during an appearance on NewsNation opined that a bellicose Moscow was likely to cross international boundaries and provoke a conflict with NATO.
"I’m convinced that if the Ukrainian military doesn’t stop and repel that Russian invasion, it’s not going to be too long before that Russian army crosses a border that our men and women in uniform are going to have to go and fight under our NATO Treaty," he said. "I truly believe it. Whether that’s Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania... Poland, I don’t know."
Pence has endorsed continued U.S. aid to Kyiv to bolster its efforts against Russia. That position has become increasingly unpopular, with 55% of Americans opposing further aid in a recent CNN poll.
"Give [Ukraine] the resources that they need to fight and to win and to drive that Russian military back... Because it’s in our interests and I think, ultimately, it’s in the interests of peace and security in the world," Pence asserted.
Former President Donald Trump has vowed to end the conflict within 24 hours should he reclaim the White House, though Pence has contended that such a development would require capitulating to the Kremlin.
Pence's remarks come as Congress battles over a litany of spending bills, including the authorization of additional funds to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is planning to visit the United States next week amid the legislative fight.
Ukrainian efforts to reclaim territory from Russia have largely been unsuccessful this year. Kyiv is currently embroiled in an ongoing counteroffensive effort that has thus far failed to reclaim significant territory.
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