Congress will give President Joe Biden permission to use the US military to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity if Vladimir Putin intensifies his war, a US lawmaker is proposing.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger has announced the introduction of a joint resolution authorizing the use of US military forces to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity if Vladimir Putin intensifies his attacks.
The resolution would give the president of the United States permission to use the armed forces to respond in case the Russian Federation uses chemical, biological or nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
The resolution would go through Congress in the coming days.
Kinzinger made the announcement for the first time on CBS.
“After World War II, America has clearly expressed its position – the commitment to freedom – that has put autocrats on the defensive and strengthened democracies around the world. Over the last decade, we have seen this decision falter, and tyrants like Vladimir Putin have exploited these vulnerabilities. Today, America has the opportunity to reaffirm its support for those who seek freedom and to firmly oppose authoritarianism. After speaking with Secretary-General Blinken and hearing his serious concerns about Putin’s use of chemical weapons, I am confident that the United States will show the international community that we will not tolerate senseless violence. My staff and I look forward to continuing talks with Secretary Blinken to ensure that Russia is held accountable for any violations of international law. We know that millions of Ukrainians have been displaced and thousands have been killed. The targeting of civilians, mass executions and countless reports of rape by Russian forces went largely unpunished. We must take action to end these atrocities. Words matter, but so do our actions. I am introducing this AUMF as a clear red line so that the administration can take appropriate action if Russia were to use chemical, biological and / or nuclear weapons. As the President of the United States has said, Putin must be stopped. Consequently, the supreme commander of the largest army in the world should have the necessary authority and means to take the necessary steps to do so, “he said.
Adam Kinzinger emphasized that the resolution was not a hostile act, but was intended to give President Biden the opportunity to intervene quickly if necessary.
“It gives you more flexibility, you know, but it’s also a deterrent to Vladimir Putin,” Kinzinger told CBS.
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