The fact that we are drawing closer and closer to nuclear conflict should dominate headlines every single day, and the subject of how to avoid planetary disaster should be the constant focus of mainstream political discourse.
During an appearance on ABCs This Week with Jonathan Karl, Secretary of State Tony Blinken explicitly said that the US would not oppose Ukraine using US-supplied longer-range missiles to attack deep inside Russian territory, a move that Moscow has previously called a red line which would make the United States a direct party to the conflict.
We understand that the United States is considering sending those long- range missiles that Ukraine has been asking for for a long time, Karl said in the interview. These are long-range missiles, 200 miles in range. Are you okay if those missiles allow Ukraine to attack deep into Russian territory?
In terms of their targeting decisions, its their decision, not ours, answered Blinken after some bloviation.
Weve seen an increasing number of attacks on Russian territory by Ukrainian drones, some in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don just a couple of days ago. Did you bring that up? asked Karl.
No, said Blinken.
Are you are you okay with I mean, obviously, theyre its their decisions, but is this war now escalating into Russia? asked Karl.
Jon, we havent encouraged and we havent enabled any use of weapons outside of Ukraines territory, Blinken said. Having said that, lets take a step back for a second. Virtually every single day the Russians are attacking indiscriminately throughout the entire country of Ukraine. Just during the 48 hours that I was there going in, more missiles were launched at civilian targets, including in Kyiv while I was there; a horrific attack on a marketplace, people just going to buy food, civilians, had nothing to do with this war killed 17 people. This is the daily life for Ukrainians. This is what they face every single day. So they have to make the basic decisions about how theyre going to defend their territory and how theyre working to take back whats been seized from them. Our role, the role of dozens of other countries around the world that are supporting them, is to help them do that. And ultimately, what we all want is an end to this Russian aggression and an end to the aggression that, again, is just and is durable. Thats what Ukrainians want more than anyone else. Thats what were working toward.
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