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Some Republican senators pushing Biden to stay out of Ukraine

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, part of both Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University on January 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (File photo by AFP)

A number of Republican senators have been exerting pressure on US President Joe Biden to stay out of Ukraine while hawkish GOP lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to strengthen Kiev’s military and impose tougher sanctions against Russia.

Washington and Moscow are entangled in a heated row over the Ukraine crisis.

Several senior GOP hawks are pushing the Biden administration to impose tougher sanctions against Russia and bolster the east European country militarily to face Russia.

Republican senators more closely aligned with former President Donald Trump argue that the US should stay out of Ukraine. 

“Despite claims by war hawks on both sides of the aisle, it is not in our national interest to spill American blood and treasure in Ukraine. A nation that cannot effectively secure its own border and protect its own territorial integrity cannot be responsible for doing so for nations in Eastern Europe,” said Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.). 

“Russia invading Ukraine is not an immediate threat to the security of the American people, homeland, and way of life. The flow of dangerous drugs, crime, and criminals over our sovereign border is,” echoed Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). 

Others are accusing Biden that his decision to side with Ukraine could benefit the business interests of his son, Hunter.

Hunter had previously served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) argued that Biden is “compromised”

Greene renewed her calls for Biden's impeachment. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, said this week that he thinks the Biden administration was “moving in the right direction” in its foreign policy regarding Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

However, Moscow accuses Washington of "cultivating Russophobia" among like-minded countries.

Ukraine has been "flooded" with weapons from Washington and NATO, as well as "countless" advisers from the West, it complained.

Meanwhile, tensions are rising on the Russian-Ukrainian border, with the US, Ukraine, and several other Western countries accused Russia of planning "an invasion" of Ukraine amid a military buildup near the Ukrainian border.

The Kremlin insists that the deployments of troops were defensive in nature.

Moscow has warned the West against a continuation of its provocations near Russian borders.

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