Tensions are ramping up in Eastern Europe. On Thursday, Russia announced that it has begun military exercises which many see as a potential precursor to a Russian invasion of Ukraine:
The military drills, called "Allied Resolve-2022," began in Belarus and will end February 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced Thursday in a statement. . .
Russia is also planning naval exercises that would block off large parts of the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, raising protests from Ukraine that commercial shipping routes would be choked. The Kremlin has denied that shipping routes will be blocked.
Moscow's deployment into Belarus is believed to be its biggest there since the Cold War, with "an expected 30,000 combat troops, Spetsnaz special operation forces, fighter jets including SU-35, Iskander dual-capable missiles and S-400 air defense systems," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said last Thursday.
A Russian invasion of Ukraine could have major ramifications for the global energy supply. As Ambassador Robert O'Brien explained on Fox News, the current situation emphasizes how important it is for the United States to be able to produce its own energy:
Former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (@robertcobrien) joined @AmericaNewsroom with @DanaPerino this morning to discuss the importance of American energy production and German Chancellor Scholz's White House visit https://t.co/P25ULnxsbO @FoxNews #NordStream2 #Germany— Gregory Smith (@GsmittySmith) February 8, 2022
The Biden Administration's decision to remove sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while simultaneously shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline was disastrous.
Bipartisan sanctions on Nord Stream 2 overwhelmingly worked.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 4, 2022
Construction of the pipeline literally stopped as the sanctions were applied.
It’s catastrophic Biden removed the sanctions. pic.twitter.com/HDL8zTCXb4
A Russian invasion will also have broad implications with far-reaching global impacts that extend beyond Ukraine's borders.
This #Ukraine crisis isn’t just another Crimea— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 10, 2022
A combination of factors is creating the growing risk of miscalculation & escalation
It’s not just about imposing consequences for an invasion,it must also be about preventing it from spiraling into something far more dangerous
President Biden has backtracked on the progress made by former President Trump in the foreign policy sphere:
Biden is a born-again globalist who boasted that “America is back” on his first visit to Europe after taking office. He interpreted the big smiles, the glad-handing and backslapping from allied leaders as proof they were happy to have him at the West’s helm.
He was right, but for the wrong reasons. European pols hated Donald Trump because he personally embarrassed them but most of all they hated him because he put America first.
Join RNLA for a webinar this Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET featuring Ambassador Robert O'Brien, former National Security Advisor during the Trump Administration, for insights on how the Biden Administration's foreign policy and national security priorities differ from those of the Trump Administration. There will be a special focus on the current concerns over a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Have you registered for RNLA's webinar with Ambassador @robertcobrien this Friday?— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) February 8, 2022
O'Brien will share his insights on the current state of foreign affairs and national security in contrast to his time serving as President Trump's National Security Advisor.https://t.co/LKxauWku4t