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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took issue with his predecessor Henry Kissinger’s comments regarding his view on Ukraine returning to a “status quo ante” to negotiate peace with Russia.
“Ukraine is a free and independent nation and is sovereign throughout its territory,” Pompeo told Fox News Digital. “Ukraine must not be pressured by its partners and allies. This beleaguered country and its suffering people need our support.”
Kissinger told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, “Ideally the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante,” which many have interpreted to mean the division of territory before Russia invaded.
This concession would leave Crimea in Russian possession.
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Pompeo countered that assessment during a speech at the Tikvah Fund’s Jewish Leadership Conference on Sunday, saying, “Dr. Kissinger is just wrong on that point.”
But he went further and told Fox News Digital that the United States must support Ukraine as the European nation charts its own course.
“Ukraine must possess the means to synchronize all elements of its military power,” Pompeo explained. “That will prove instrumental in this war. This capability will support Ukraine’s future as an independent nation, governing its borders, as well as the future stability of Europe and global markets.
“That’s what we have to help Ukraine achieve,” he added. “We must, together with our NATO allies, ensure that Ukraine has everything it needs to save precious lives. This must be done with American help but not with American boots on the ground. .”
The former secretary stressed that any negotiations aimed at appeasing Russia would only embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin with future ambitions.
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“Putin feeds on weakness, but Ukraine has shown none,” Pompeo said. “Any hesitation in favor of Kyiv will only encourage Putin to try to illegally occupy more sovereign land.
“Such Russian aggression, if left unchecked, will in all likelihood envelop other nations,” he continued. “We must help Ukraine and make it clear to Russia that Putin’s inadmissible war will fail in all of its aims.”
Russia has found itself in a stronger position now that the ruble has regained its value, even surpassing its pre-invasion value. Pompeo criticized nations that are “friendly” to the United States but continue to buy Russian oil and gas, which “fuels Putin’s war machine.”
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It also means that China, one of the largest economies in the world, also continues to buy Russian energy.
“The products that America imports from China are the physical result of this energy trade between Russia and China,” Pompeo noted, adding that the United States must rethink its energy and economic security to “stem this destructive tide.” .
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“The recently announced agreement between Israel and Egypt to partner in supplying natural gas to the European Union is an example of what can be achieved with swift action,” he said.
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