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Wicker suggests US could NUKE Russia over Ukraine invasion and claims ‘everything is on the table’ 


Sen. Roger Wicker, the number two Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday that President Biden should not ‘rule out’ military action in Ukraine if Russia invades, including the use of nuclear weapons.  

‘There’s certain things in negotiations that if you’re going to be tough that you don’t take off the table,’ the Mississippi Republican told Fox News‘ Neil Cavuto in an interview from the Capitol. ‘And so I think the president should say that everything is on the table.’

The senator noted that there are already around 200 US National Guard troops  on the ground in Ukraine.

‘I would not rule out military action,’ he continued. ‘Military action could mean we stand off with our ships in the Black Sea and we rein destruction on Russian military capability.

‘I would not rule out American troops on the ground. You know, we don’t rule out first use nuclear action, we don’t think it’ll happen, but…’ 

The US owns an estimated 5,600 nuclear warheads, while Russia has 6,257.  

Wicker also praised his Democratic colleagues who called on the president to get tough on Russia. ‘Losing a free, democratic Ukraine to Russian invasion would be a game changer to a free Europe,’ he said.

‘I would not rule out military action,’ Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said. ‘Military action could mean we stand off with our ships in the Black Sea and we rein destruction on Russian military capability’

Intelligence officials stress they believe Vladimir Putin has not yet come to a decision on whether he would invade to take back the territory of Ukraine

Intelligence officials stress they believe Vladimir Putin has not yet come to a decision on whether he would invade to take back the territory of Ukraine

Satellite images show increasing numbers of Russian troops massing on the border of Ukraine – as many as 175,000, according to US analysts.  

Biden, during a virtual sit down with Putin on Tuesday, said he threatened the Kremlin leader with ‘economic consequences like none he’s ever seen.’

The US over the past decade has imposed a slew of sanctions on Russia many of them over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea and its support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Others were for interference into the 2016 election, cyber attacks and human rights violations. But Putin, at the same time, has been working to insulate his economy from the effect of sanctions. 

‘I was very straightforward. There were no minced words. It was polite, but I made it very clear. If in fact, [Putin] invades Ukraine , there will be severe consequences, economic consequences like none he’s ever seen or ever have been seen being imposed,’ Biden told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he departed for a trip to Kansas City.

This satellite image from last month shows a Russian troop location in Yelna, Russia

This satellite image from last month shows a Russian troop location in Yelna, Russia

Satellite image shows a Russian troop location at the Pogonovo training ground in Voronezh region, Russia

Satellite image shows a Russian troop location at the Pogonovo training ground in Voronezh region, Russia

He ruled out putting US boots on the ground in the Ukraine, saying that ‘is not in the cards right now.

‘That is not on the table. We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies if they were to attack under article 5, it’s a sacred obligation. That obligation does not extend to NATO, I mean to Ukraine,’ the president said.  

But he did hint the US would shore up its military presence in NATO countries and help the defensive capabilities of the Ukraine. 

‘I indicated I knew he would respond, but beyond that, if in fact, we would probably also be required to reinforce our our presence in NATO countries, particularly those in the eastern front,’ he said. ‘In addition to that, I made it clear that we would provide the defensive capability to the Ukrainians as well.’

Ukraine has been eyeing an entrance into the NATO alliance, but Putin warned Biden against letting them in.

Still, intelligence officials stress they believe Putin has not yet come to a decision on whether he would invade to take back the territory of Ukraine, which broke off from Russia after the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991.  

Wicker also praised Biden for reportedly reversing course on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which runs through the Baltic Sea and is meant to carry gas from Russia to Germany. 

Biden had lifted sanctions on the pipeline earlier this year to respect his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but White House officials have told members of Congress they brokered an unofficial agreement with the new German government about shutting down the pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine, according to Reuters. 

‘To the extent that [Biden] has agreed to reverse his mistake on Nord Stream 2 … I would applaud,’ said Wicker. 

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed the pipeline could be used as leverage. 

‘It is leverage for the West,’ Sullivan told reporters Tuesday. ‘If Vladimir Putin wants to see gas flow through that pipeline, he may not want to take the risk of invading Ukraine.’ 

Meanwhile, Ukraine has warned of a ‘bloody massacre’ and five million Ukrainian refugees fleeing into Europe if Russia decides to invade Kiev. 



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