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Biden should give Putin ‘bloody nose’ if Russia invades Ukraine – US senators

Republican senators need Biden to take motion in Ukraine, however cease in need of calling for warfare

Republican lawmakers turned up their anti-Russia rhetoric on Wednesday after a gathering with President Joe Biden. The elected represtatives advised reporters that the American chief wants to offer Russian President Vladimir Putin a “bloody nose,” ought to Moscow invade Ukraine. Talks between Washington and the Kremlin on the matter are at present stalled.

A bipartisan coalition of senators met with Biden on Wednesday morning after getting back from Ukraine, the place they pledged US help to pro-Western factions in Kiev. Following the closed-doors assembly, the Republican contingent struck a hawkish tone.

“As of yet no one has given Vladimir Putin a bloody nose,” Mississippi’s Roger Wicker advised reporters. “I think the alliance, our friends in NATO and a bipartisan majority are prepared to assist Ukraine in making sure that, if it happens, this time Vladimir Putin will get a bloody nose,” referring to US claims that Moscow is making ready to invade Ukraine. 

Moscow has reportedly stationed a lot of troops near its border with Ukraine, however denies that any plans of invasion are afoot, and has reminded the West that these troops are on Russian soil.

The White House insists that Ukraine be allowed to hitch NATO sooner or later, whereas the Kremlin considers the concept of Western forces and weapons stationed so near its border to be unacceptable. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is because of meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday in a bid to resolve the impasse.

Meanwhile, in Washington, each events are hardening their rhetoric. “We want to have strong bipartisan sanctions,” North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer (R) advised reporters after Wednesday’s assembly. “But … enough has been done to punch back a little bit. Right now Vladimir Putin is saying ‘Thank you, Mr. President’ but words are cheap and it’s time to demonstrate some action.”

Cramer didn’t specify what he noticed “action” entailing. Likewise Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D), who additionally traveled to Kiev with the delegation, promised “consequences” for Putin ought to the Russian chief move on Ukraine, with out explaining what these penalties could be. 

Members of the delegation have referred to as on Biden to slap financial sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is at present not pumping gasoline to the EU attributable to delays in certification in Germany. Some have additionally referred to as for shipments of arms to anti-Russian forces in Ukraine. 

The White House’s official line on Ukraine is that “all options” are being thought-about. 

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