Mitt Romney condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine, blames past U.S. foreign policy

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 15. Romney condemned what Russian President Vladimir introduced early Thursday morning in Moscow as a “particular army operation” in Ukraine. (J.
Scott Applewhite, Related Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney was fast to sentence what Russian President Vladimir introduced early Thursday morning in Moscow as a “particular army operation” in Ukraine.

The Utah Republican blasted earlier presidential administrations for what he described as “tepid” responses to previous Russian aggression and “shortsighted” international coverage. He additionally referred to as for the U.S. to develop and modernize its army.

In a televised tackle, Putin mentioned the motion is available in response to threats coming from Ukraine. He added that Russia does not have a purpose to occupy Ukraine. Putin mentioned the duty for bloodshed lies with the Ukrainian “regime,” the Related Press reported.

“Putin’s Ukraine invasion is the primary time in 80 years that a fantastic energy has moved to beat a sovereign nation. It’s with out justification, with out provocation and with out honor,” Romney mentioned late Wednesday in a ready assertion.

“Putin’s impunity predictably follows our tepid response to his earlier horrors in Georgia and Crimea, our naive efforts at a one-sided ‘reset,’ and the shortsightedness of ‘America First.’ The ’80s referred to as’ and we did not reply.”

Because the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, Romney mentioned that Russia was America’s essential geopolitical foe. President Barack Obama mocked him in a debate, saying “the Nineteen Eighties at the moment are calling to ask for his or her international coverage again as a result of the Chilly Struggle has been over for 20 years.”

“America First” was the Trump administration’s strategy to international coverage and commerce.

In his assertion, Romney mentioned “the peril of once more trying away from Putin’s tyranny falls not simply on the individuals of the nations he has violated, it falls on America as properly. Historical past reveals {that a} tyrant’s urge for food for conquest is rarely satiated.”

He referred to as for the U.S. and its allies to guard freedom and topic Putin and Russia to the “harshest financial penalties, by expelling them from international establishments, and by committing ourselves to the growth and modernization of our nationwide protection.”

President Joe Biden referred to as the Russian assault on Ukraine unprovoked and unjustified.

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated warfare that may carry a catastrophic lack of life and human struggling. Russia alone is accountable for the dying and destruction this assault will carry, and america and its allies and companions will reply in a united and decisive approach. The world will maintain Russia accountable,” Biden mentioned in a press release.

The president mentioned he would meet along with his G7 counterparts Thursday morning and announce “additional penalties” the U.S. and its allies will impose on Russia for this “pointless act of aggression in opposition to Ukraine and international peace and safety.”

Earlier this week, Biden imposed financial sanctions on Russia.

Putin warned different nations that any try to intrude with the Russian motion would result in “penalties they’ve by no means seen,” in accordance with AP. He accused the U.S. and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demand to forestall Ukraine from becoming a member of NATO and provide Moscow safety ensures.

Putin mentioned the Russian army operation goals to make sure a “demilitarization” of Ukraine. Putin mentioned that each one Ukrainian servicemen who lay down arms will be capable to safely go away the zone of fight, the AP reported.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox additionally weighed in on Russia’s invasion, tweeting “There may be evil on this world. Tonight we pray for the security of these in Ukraine.”

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