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Putin 'wants to recreate old Soviet sphere of influence in Eastern Europe': US ex-VP

10.06.2023 21:00
Former US Vice President Mike Pence has said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin "has no intention of stopping" in Ukraine and is seeking to recreate the old Soviet sphere of influence in Eastern Europe.
Mike Pence

"Anybody that thinks Vladimir Putin will stop if he overruns Ukraine has what we say back in Indiana, another thing coming,” Pence said earlier this week.

Pence added, referring to Putin: “He has no intention of stopping. He’s made it clear that he wants to recreate that old Soviet sphere of influence in Eastern Europe.”

Speaking at a town hall event held by broadcaster CNN on Wednesday night, Pence said that the United States should accelerate its support for the Ukrainian military.

'It’s not our war, but freedom is our fight'

Hours after he launched his bid for a Republican presidential nomination, Pence sharply rebuked former President Donald Trump for describing Putin as a “genius” for his invasion of Ukraine, in a February 2022 radio interview, CNN reported.

“I know the difference between a genius and a war criminal, and I know who needs to win the war in Ukraine,” Pence said, as quoted by CNN.

He added: "And it’s the people fighting for their freedom and fighting to restore their national sovereignty in Ukraine. And America – it’s not our war, but freedom is our fight. And we need to give the people of Ukraine the ability to fight and defend their freedom.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Saturday is day 472 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAPCNN