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Late. Portman warns Russia’s invading Ukraine would be a ‘terrible mistake’, confirms US support for Ukraine

Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined the "America's Newsroom" to discuss rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, warning that it would be a "terrible mistake" if Putin invaded the country while the Kremlin gathers troops on the border. Portman told co-hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer that the United States stands with Ukraine "unequivocally" as a potential Russian-led invasion threatens.

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ROB PORTMAN: Well, that's very worrying. He has gathered over 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine, and I was very pleased to see the strong words from Minister Blinken. They repeat what we said in the last few days in Ukraine, which is that the United States stands unequivocally with a Ukraine that has turned to the West, to democracy, to freedom. They do not want to go back to an authoritarian past. I think that's why President Putin feels such a threat. It is not the case that Ukraine is threatening Russia in any way, other than the fact that they are a flourishing democracy. And that is why we need to stand with them, just like our European allies, our NATO allies and other freedom-loving countries around the world. And we see a strong stand against what can happen. The question is whether we can convince the Russians that this would be a terrible mistake, which I think it would be, both in terms of the bloody costs they will incur in Ukraine, because the Ukrainian people are ready to defend themselves. But secondly, with regard to the destructive sanctions that the United States and other countries are ready to impose.

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