Source: Russia Today
Former presidential hopeful and long-time lawmaker Ron Paul told RT that he doesn’t think the United States should get involved any further in the escalating situation in Ukraine.
Paul, a staunch non-interventionist who last year retired from Congress after more than a quarter-century, said during an exclusive interview with RT on Wednesday that there’s “no sense” in having America entangled in the overseas standoff.
“I don’t think we have any business there,” Paul told RT from his office in Texas this week.
Tensions in the European country have worsened in recent weeks, particularly after President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February amid fiery anti-government protests in the capital city of Kiev. Violence quickly spread to other regions of the country, particularly in Crimea where local authorities have refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government and have established self-defense militias.
“I think it would be nice if we considered the Ukrainians. It’s their civil strike, their civil war, and deciding who to run that country should be left to them,” Paul told RT. “Unfortunately, others get involved and it seems like its irresistible for the US to be involved.”
So far the US has indefinitely severed military contacts with Russia and is reportedly weighing further sanctions should that country’s leader, President Vladimir Putin, authorize any advancement, especially in the peninsula of Crimea where pro-Russian troops have been stationed toe-to-toe against soldiers loyal to Ukraine. According to Paul, however, adding the US to the equation at any capacity would be the wrong move for US Pres. Barack Obama to make.
“We certainly don’t want to send troops in right now,” he told RT, and attempting to assist by offering any financial aid would be impossible.