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EXCLUSIVE: PONTE VEDRA, FLA.– Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News on Wednesday that President Biden must draw “red lines” when it comes to weapons of mass destruction with Russia, warning that the potential use of nuclear weapons by Moscow “to be a nightmare scenario.”
During an interview with Fox News on the sidelines of the House Republican Issues Conference on Wednesday, McCaul, R-Texas, said he hopes Biden will “show American leadership” this week when he travels to Brussels for a summit of NATO and later in Poland.
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“I think he has to reassure our allies that we are with them, and also to get those countries on the eastern flank, the NATO countries, to put anti-aircraft missiles in Ukraine – they have them, and they don’t. haven’t agreed to send them to Ukraine yet,” McCaul said. “If we could get them in, Zelenskyy would have his no-fly zone, in addition to deadly drones.”
McCaul said he believed the United States could provide Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with what he needed “by giving him the tools and the weapons so he could create his own no-fly zone.”
Zelenskyy pleaded for the United States and its Western allies to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine as Russia continues to wage its multi-pronged war against the country.
The Biden administration, however, has warned that creating a no-fly zone would be seen as an escalation and could lead to war between the United States and Russia.
“To put NATO planes in Ukrainian airspace with Russian planes, you’re just asking for a collision course that will result in World War III,” McCaul told Fox News. “We don’t want to escalate this conflict. It’s actually going better than expected for the Ukrainians. We just need to arm them better.”
But McCaul said this week, while in Europe, he hopes Biden will lift “red lines when it comes to weapons of mass destruction.”
“We certainly don’t want to see this escalation where Mr. Putin decides to use chemical weapons, like what happened in Syria, in the Aleppo region.” McCaul said.
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This week, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to say that Russia would not use nuclear weapons if it thought Russia could be destroyed. Peskov said the terms were in line with Russia’s national security concept.
“If there is a threat to the very existence of our country, it can be used in accordance with this concept,” Peskov said in response to the question of whether Russia’s use of nuclear weapons could be completely excluded, according to the Russian government. TASS-controlled news site.
McCaul warned that these nuclear weapons, especially “short-range tactical nuclear weapons”, are of “grave concern”.
“The Russians say they could use them if provoked,” he said. “It would be a nightmare scenario.”
In order to prevent that from happening, McCaul said “American leadership is important.”
“NATO needs to say there are certain red lines here that are unacceptable, and there will be serious consequences if they cross those lines,” McCaul said. “It hasn’t been done yet, but if they launch chemical weapons or tactical nukes, it really changes the dynamic.”
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McCaul told Fox News he spoke privately with Biden administration officials, warning them to “decide what the red lines are and what the consequences would be.”
“If there are no consequences, the bad behavior will continue,” McCaul warned. “I don’t think we can sit and watch weapons of mass destruction being launched into Ukraine and it’s already so horrific, the human suffering.”
He added: “I think we have to send a clear signal to Putin that will not be acceptable.”
Last week, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke last week with Russian Security Council Secretary General Nikolay Patrushev and called on Russia to “stop attacking ” Ukrainian towns and villages, while warning of the “consequences”. Russia decides to use chemical or biological weapons on Ukraine.
Sullivan’s warnings about Russia’s possible use of chemical weapons come after the White House warned that Russia could use “chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine” or could create a “false flag operation” in them. using, after the Kremlin accused the United States of being involved in biological weapons research in Ukrainian laboratories.
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