Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, a Republican, gave an alarming interview to Fox News in which he suggested deploying troops on the ground and launching a nuclear strike against Russia if the US gets involved in a battle over Ukraine.
“I don’t think military action is out of the question.” “I think we start making mistakes when we remove choices off the table, so I’d hope the president leaves that option on the table,” Wicker told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Tuesday about a possible confrontation with Russia.
When asked what military action against Russia might entail, Wicker suggested “standing off with our ships in the Black Sea and raining havoc on Russian military capability.”
“I wouldn’t rule out American troops on the ground,” the senator said, adding that the US should also “not rule out first use nuclear action” against Russia.
“We don’t believe that will happen, but there are some things in negotiations that you don’t take off the table if you’re going to be difficult, and I believe the president should emphasise that everything is on the table.”
“Russia progresses until it comes up against a brick wall. We may either be a brick wall or retreat from the Sudetenland and pray that Putin does not aim to reconstruct the entire Soviet Union. Kinzinger stated, “History repeats itself, but we always deny it.”
The Biden administration has frequently accused Moscow of planning an invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin has dismissed as “false news” ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s video-link talks with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday.
After the talks, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that “we still do not believe that President Putin has made a choice” to “further invade” Ukraine, but that “President Biden did today was spell out very clearly the repercussions if he chooses to act.”