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Rep. Kinzinger Leads Charge in House to Condemn Russia

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Although most of the focus in Congress during its "lame duck" session is on President Barack Obama’s agenda on immigration, there is also a growing movement among lawmakers here in November and December to provide assistance for Ukraine in its efforts to resist persecution from Russia.

By voice vote, the House Foreign Affairs Committee took the first step by approving a resolution putting the House on record as strongly condemning Russian efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

"In [Russian strongman Vladimir] Putin’s mind, we are already in a new Cold War," said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R.-Ill.), a key player in drafting the resolution and guiding it through the committee.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, Kinzinger, three-term House Member and U.S. Air Force veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, stressed that, "although Putin is obviously not interested in what the U.S. Congress does, it is very important to put Congress on record as strongly against what he has started to do by depopulating Ukraine.

"And you don’t satiate tyrants."

Kinzinger told us he feels that Putin’s "showcasing his front-line units in Ukraine has permeated into [Obama’s] thinking and that’s why he has offered such a weak response."

The Prairie State congressman added that, while he doesn’t believe Putin’s Russia wants to "take over the world" as the old Soviet Union did during the Cold War, "I’m sure he wants to dominate any country with ethnic Russians and have in essence the old Soviet Union."

Based on Putin’s targeting of Ukraine, Kinzinger said, he feels that Putin’s targets will be countries with large ethnic Russian populations such as Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Poland.

Kinzinger is also one of a growing number of Republican Members of Congress who would like to go beyond a condemnation of Russia and perhaps craft a possible "lend lease" program of lending surplus military hardware to Ukraine in much the same manner as the legislation of the same name (formally, An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States) signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 11, 1941, provided material to Great Britain, Free France, and the Republic of China before the U.S. was at war with any of their enemies.

"If Ukraine can’t come into NATO," he said, "then let’s do the next best thing by outfitting their military and updating it from the Soviet era weapons to the weapons of today."

As for support on the Foreign Affairs Committee for the condemnation, Kinzinger said that "Republicans are not at all divided on this except for one or maybe two" [an obvious reference to California’s Dana Rohrabacher, a vociferous Putin fan] and most Democrats back it as well."

Rep. Chris Smith (R.-N.J.), a senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, also weighed in with Newsmax in favor of the resolution and for arming Ukraine.

"Putin was probing with bayonets," Smith told us, "and we’ve got to show resolve. The President’s vacillation on China and North Korea probably encouraged Putin in Ukraine."

As for arming Ukraine, the New Jersey lawmaker said without hesitation: "Of course. As [Ukraine President Petro] Poroshenko told us when he addressed Congress, ‘how do you fight a war with blankets?’"

On the Senate side, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, told us, "I’d be in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for Ukraine. And I’m the one to ask about that. I just got back from Ukraine and observed their recent elections."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.


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