U.S. Troops Engage With Russian Soldiers?

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On Wednesday (July 5), Republican Presidential candidate and former Vice President Mike Pence warned that American troops could be called to fight if Russia defeated Ukraine and expanded into Western Europe.

During an appearance on the “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Pence expressed the importance of the United States supporting Ukraine against Russia’s invasion for the sake of national interest. Pence’s comments differ from the views expressed by the leading candidates for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who have been critical of the amount of aid provided to Kyiv by the U.S.

Last week, Pence, who served in Trump’s administration, paid a short visit to Ukraine. During his trip, he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and also toured a mass burial site located in Bucha.

According to a transcript of his appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show, Pence stated that if Vladimir Putin took control of Ukraine, it is likely that the Russian military would cross a border, which would require us to send our military to fight against them. He expressed no doubt about this possibility.

Pence expressed his belief in the Ronald Reagan doctrine, stating that if countries were willing to fight the U.S.’s enemies on their own soil, then America would be willing to provide you with the resources to fight them there to ensure U.S. soldiers don’t have to get involved.

The former Vice President said he would continue to advocate for this during my campaign and throughout the country.

According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a German research institute, Ukraine has received over $77 billion in humanitarian, financial, and military assistance from the United States since January 2022.